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We value employee well-being so we provide them a safe and healthy work environment. With many health issues emerging during this time, more so now operating under the new normal, we initiated a Health and Wellness Week program last June 29th to July 3rd. The topics are employee recommended and selected based on their needs and nature of work. The webinar covered the following topics for the whole week: Ergonomics and Movement, Mai’s Healthy Eating and Cooking, Occupational Safety and Health, Mobile Photography, and Burnout and Stress Management.


Kicking off the week was a talk on Ergonomics and Movement with Micheal Vincent Cayanan, a licensed physical therapist and neuro-rehab specialist. Given our nature of work, we sit in front of our computers most of the shift so it’s only common that some start feeling some discomfort or develop bad postures. Michael talked about the common musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders sedentary workers suffer from. He also shared a few exercises to relieve muscle and joint discomforts and different ergonomic gadgets to address posture-related problems.


Day 2 of our week-long webinar series was on Occupational Health and Safety with our own Safety Officer, Eirin Grace Jamerlan. Her topic focused on the different health concerns experienced by night shift workers and how employees can cope with this lifestyle. Eating healthy is one way to stay healthy when working the night shift, so we invited Mai Wickelgren to share how she motivates her family to eat good food.

The mother of two is eager to reduce her family’s sugar intake so she prepares them with healthier snacks and comes up with ways to gradually reduce unhealthy snacking. She’s also particular with the way she cooks her vegetables and even shares personal recipes and tips when eating out. Upon hearing VMAs joke about their struggles on dieting and better eating habits, Mai encourages them to not be afraid of setbacks in their healthy lifestyle journey. Most importantly, she reminds them that weight is not the determinant of health, instead, eating healthy is being healthy.


The Creative Team also pitched in with their Mobile Photography workshop for budding enthusiasts and those who want to pick up photography as a hobby. The workshop tackled how photography (despite how technical it sounds) springs from one’s desire to capture moments. Photography basics like perspective, composition, and framing were also discussed along with proper angling and body positioning for better portrait photos. While the team holds that good pictures don’t rely on the device alone, they suggested applications to improve photography and editing skills.


Closing the week was a talk on Burnout and Stress Management with medical doctor and zen and yoga practitioner, Henny Espanola. Work pressure and pandemic-induced anxiety take a toll on workers even when working from home, so it’s no surprise that this topic is in-demand. Dr. Henny talked about different stressors, the effects of stress, and how to identify the signs of burnout. To help those going through these states, she shared practical and simple tips like time management, reevaluation priorities, mindset mantras, and healthy eating and sleeping habits. At the end of the talk, the employees joined in a short laughter yoga session with Dr. Henny.

As we move on through our new normal, we continue to look after each other’s well-being. We close our Health and Wellness Week with a goal that these talks helped make these heavy times lighter for everyone. For us, health is definitely our greatest wealth.

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Kate Vergara

Kate is a Xilium writer and a former lifestyle and business assistant editor at a local Philippine newspaper. She holds a degree in pharmacy and literature, so her writing spans holistic and alternative health, medicine blog articles, and advertising and legal services. She enjoys blogging, poetry, and short fiction and has published in indie zines and anthologies.
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