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Sustainability - Wellness Initiative

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At PITT OHIO, our most significant resource is our people, so we've extended our mission to be People Driven beyond the workplace. In 2007, PITT OHIO initiated a company-wide wellness program in an effort to encourage our employees to Eat Right, Be Fit and Live Well.

The goal of the program is to improve our employees' health and safety. In order to allow each employee the opportunity to perform to his or her greatest potential, we take care of our people. And in turn – our employees take exceptional care of our customers.

Healthy Sleeping Habits

Everyone knows a good night’s sleep is important, but most don’t realize just how important – or how few people are really getting enough of it.  Nearly 50 million Americans suffer from sleep disturbances that negatively affect their work, home and personal lives, according to the National Sleep Foundation.  What’s more, over 75% of employees report feeling tired at some point during the day, two out of five employees report nodding off at work at least once per month, and a nearly a third of workers sleep fewer than six hours a night.

Sustainability - Eat Right

Eat Right – Healthy Eating on a Budget

Healthy eating leads to healthy sleeping.  A diet low in fiber and high in saturated fats could take a toll on your shuteye by decreasing the amount of deep, slow-wave sleep that you get during the night. Meanwhile, eating too much sugar could result in more midnight wake-ups. On the other hand, a healthy balanced diet that’s high in fiber and low in added sugars could help you to drift off faster, and log as many as two extra hours of sleep a week.  For your best night’s sleep, strive to eat a balanced diet that emphasizes fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat proteins that are rich in B vitamins, like fish, poultry, meat, eggs, and dairy. B vitamins may help to regulate melatonin, a hormone that regulates your sleep cycles.

Sustainability - Be Fit

Be Fit – Fuel your Fitness

Want to fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more rested? Get moving! As little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise, such as walking or cycling, can dramatically improve the quality of your nighttime sleep, especially when done on a regular basis. What’s more, exercisers may reduce their risk for developing troublesome sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.  Physical activity improves sleep quality and increases sleep duration. Exercise may also bolster sleep in other ways, because it reduces stress and tires you out. Early morning and afternoon exercise may also help reset the sleep wake cycle by raising body temperature slightly, then allowing it to drop and trigger sleepiness a few hours later. It can be especially helpful if you are able to exercise outdoors and let your body absorb natural sunlight during the daytime hours. 

Sustainability - Live Well

Live Well – Food Safety

Nutrition and food safety have a lot to do with your health. The USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating a variety of fruits and vegetables each day. However, many commonly held beliefs about  food preparation may actually be, at the very least misleading and at the worst, harmful to your health. Handling foods safely is much more than throwing away expired milk or washing your fruits and vegetables. While these actions are important, there are several more common food safety mistakes that can result in major consequences. Don't be one of the 48 million Americans sickened by food poisoning each year.