On this World No Tobacco Day, we are reminded of one of the greatest public health epidemics of our time. According to the World Health Organization, more than 7 million people worldwide will die this year from tobacco use, whether direct or indirect (from secondhand smoke). Tobacco users face all kinds of dangerous health consequences, including increased risks of cancer, heart attack, and stroke.
The best time to quit is always today. QuitNet is here to help!
Take a quick look at how your body will respond to such a positive change, from the moment you decide to quit:
20 minutes into your quit:
Your blood pressure and heart rate return to normal.
Most of the carbon monoxide in your blood is gone, and your blood oxygen level is near normal. Your circulation improves. Your fingers and toes feel warmer.
Your nerve endings, damaged by tobacco use, begin to regrow. The food you prepare smells and tastes better than you remembered.
The nicotine in your system is just about gone, and the bronchial tubes in your lungs relax. Deep breaths fill your lungs with more air.
You may already feel changes in your quality of life, like enjoying fresher breath and clean-smelling hair, radiating good self image and self-esteem, and saving the money you would have spent on tobacco products.
Two to three weeks:
Your lung capacity and circulation are improving dramatically. Increased stamina and endurance allow for more intense exercise.
One to nine months:
Your lungs repair themselves, and your chance of infection is reduced. You experience less coughing and fatigue, and your overall energy is up. You’re feeling great!
The risk of dying from heart attack and stroke is reduced by up to 50%. Your risk for coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
Your risk of developing lung cancer, as well as cancer of the throat, mouth, and esophagus, are half that of a smoker’s.
Five to fifteen years:
Your risk of experiencing a stroke is reduced to that of someone who never smoked.
Your risk of developing heart disease is similar to that of someone who never smoked.
Nonsmokers enjoy a greater life expectancy and overall quality of life.
Quitting is hard, but there are plenty of resources to help you do it. If you’re ready to quit, the QuitNet community is here to help you through it. QuitNet members have access to online coaching, 24/7 community support, and NRT (nicotine replacement therapy) ordering.
We had some real QuitNet members share their real experiences. Check out their inspiring message in the video below!
It’s always a good time to quit. To get started, sign up for QuitNet today.
Employee wellness programs aren't just for large companies anymore. MeYou Health and our partners are working to bring clinically effective programs to organizations of any size!
According to the National Small Business Association, 90% of large employers have a wellness program, but only 22% of small employers currently offer such programs. Our newest partnership with Wellness IQ enables these small employer groups to bring well-being into the workplace in a way that is both affordable and engaging.
Read more about the MeYou Health/Wellness IQ partnership in our latest press release.
With 47 Daily Challenge tracks to choose from, there’s no shortage of ways to give your well-being a boost. Whether you’re looking for mindful pauses in your daily routine, tips for healthier eating, or ways to get fit during the workweek, you’re in charge! All you need to do is choose the track that fits you best.
Need help finding a place to start? Try one of these tracks and discover new ways to care for your mind, body, and heart:
Creating an environment that improves your employees’ health might feel daunting – but it doesn’t have to be! That’s because the MeYou Health wellness platform makes it a snap to get started, with no extra time or resources required. Even better, our clinically proven products keep employees engaged and excited about making healthy changes every day.
Here are 3 ways to get started on workplace wellness right away:
Although many well-being platforms are social, ours is the only one that’s “open social.” That’s the term we’ve coined to describe the ability for members to get support from any person who can help them make healthy changes – whether it’s a coworker, friend, family member, or participant in our any of our products’ already thriving communities. President & COO Trapper Markelz explains more in the video below.
For more info, check out our free white paper on how an open social approach increases a network’s power to effect change: http://bit.ly/2f12ATg
Chief Medical Officer Nate Cobb, MD, addresses why the "cold start" model, prevalent in research and worksite programs, fails to engineer true social support.
The “cold start” problem
For years, researchers and intervention designers have struggled to realize the potential benefits of social networks in driving behavior change. Despite well-publicized research showing that real-life social networks can impact behavior (such as Nicholas Christakis’ work showing the spread of health-related behaviors through social networks in Framingham), creating “new” networks that are engineered to assist change has been challenging.
After launching a contest to identify the top patient engagement startups nationwide, MedCity News selected 15 finalists. MeYou Health is one of them! Head over to MedCity News to read about the other finalists, click through to the end, and cast your vote.
Rick Lee, in an interview with MobiHealthNews, discusses the continuing evolution of MeYou Health – from its beginnings as a subsidiary to its new role as an independent company uniquely positioned to work with health plans. Read it here!