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Poorer kindergarteners face a ‘double dose of disadvantage’

Low-income kids face language-learning obstacles at home and at school, a new study contends. "Children may go from a home with limited physical and psychological resources for learning and language to a school with similar constraints, resulting in a double dose of disadvantage," said study lead author Susan Neuman. She is a professor of childhood [...]

2020-03-22T22:34:31-04:00September 1st, 2017|For parents, What's new at FIRSTCALL|

Manage your stress at work

Job-related stress affects your work performance and can spill over into your personal life. So, learning how to manage stress at work can help you both at home and on the job. The Cleveland Clinic suggests how to manage stress at work: Keep a running, prioritized "to-do" list of tasks. Let your boss know if [...]

2020-03-22T22:34:31-04:00August 1st, 2017|Wellness at work, What's new at FIRSTCALL|

Find a healthy balance

Establishing a healthy balance between office responsibilities and home life can help boost your health and well-being. The American Council on Exercise suggests how to balance work time and home life: After work, unplug, relax and leave your work at the office. Focus fully on one thing at a time without letting your mind wander [...]

2020-03-22T22:34:31-04:00August 1st, 2017|Wellness at work, What's new at FIRSTCALL|

Understanding the stress/health connection

Stress exists in your mind but it's also evident in your stomach, heart, muscles and even your toes. "In fact, stress may affect every cell in your body," says M. Ronald Glaser, PhD, a professor at Ohio State University Medical School. During stressful times, your body produces various chemicals, including cortisol, an immune-suppressing hormone. The [...]

Banish burnout

Job stress can drain you. You may start to feel you’re getting nowhere. You grow detached. There’s a word for this: burnout. And it’s bad news for you, those around you, and your employer. Ignoring burnout could raise your risk for stress-related illnesses, derail your enjoyment of life, and impair your job performance. So take [...]

2020-03-22T22:34:31-04:00August 1st, 2017|Stress, Wellness at work, What's new at FIRSTCALL|

Substance abuse taxes the American workplace

Substance abuse exacts a heavy toll on the American workplace, a new analysis shows. Employees who struggle with drinking and drug addiction miss many more days of work, have higher health care costs and are less productive than those without these disorders, researchers report. An analysis revealed that employees with substance use disorders miss nearly [...]

Understanding addiction

Addiction is a disease that affects both the brain and behavior. The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines it as “a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.” The following answers to common questions about addiction can help you understand the impact of this disease. Since [...]

2020-03-22T22:34:31-04:00July 1st, 2017|Substance abuse, What's new at FIRSTCALL|