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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.

January 2022 – Gut Health

Have you ever heard of microbiomes? It may sound a bit alarming, but microbiomes are actually microscopic bugs (microbes) living throughout your body – in your eyes, mouth, gut, and skin. No reason for alarm, however, as most microbes are essential and quite helpful because they help you digest food, prevent dangerous infections and so much more.

You don’t have to know exactly what’s going on in your gut at all times. And as long as you’re following doctor’s orders for overall health, you’re likely benefiting your microbiome. Following a balanced diet, staying hydrated, exercising regularly and getting a good night’s sleep and staying healthy overall can help you maintain a good healthy gut.

Sustainability - Eat Right

Eat Right – Keep Your Microbes Healthy

Our gut is linked to nearly every system and organ in our body, including our brain, digestive system, immune system, and hormones. Our gut is intricately connected to our overall health, there’s a reason they say to listen to your gut when you feel like something is off. Diet is the major driver that shapes a person’s microbiome. Fortunately, your microbes respond quickly to changes in diet. Healthy eating is the key to good digestive health. Eating a variety of whole foods high in fiber found in plants, including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

 Sustainability - Be Fit

Be Fit – Exercise for Digestive Health

Poor digestion is linked to low energy levels, being uncomfortable all the time, disrupted bowel movements, stress, poor gut and liver health, and can even lead to weight gain. The amazing thing about movement and exercise is it can benefit both physical and mental health, especially gut health. Regular exercise reduces inflammation, the root cause of chronic health conditions such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

 Sustainability - Live Well

Live Well – Reduce Stress

No matter the stressor, it’s important to consider the impact of stress on your health and well-being. After all, too much stress can take a mental and physical toll on your body — this includes wreaking havoc on your gut and digestion. The effect stress has on your gut depends on the length of time you’re experiencing stress: stress can cause you to lose your appetite and your digestion to slow down, can trigger gastrointestinal (GI) issues, like constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, or an upset stomach. Chronic stress over extended periods of time may lead to more serious issues, like irritable bowel syndrome and other GI disorders.

One of the keys to better digestion is regular stress management. Reducing stress can lower inflammation in the gut, ease GI distress, and keep you nourished, since your body can focus on absorbing the nutrients you need.