In this episode, Ellie and Alisa Craig, Administrator of Wellness & Population Health with Hurley Medical Center dive into stress in the workplace. They discuss the dangers of stress, common health-related symptoms of stress, and touch on why and how companies are actively working to reduce stress for their employees. Alisa provides practical strategies anyone can use to combat stress in daily life. Start today with her ‘what’s on your plate?’ and ‘box on a bookshelf ‘exercises (starting around 18:50).
During their conversation, Alisa shares that an alarming number of medical and pharmaceutical claims can be linked back to stress. In fact, stress presents in a number of different ways throughout the body. A few common symptoms of stress include:
- Neck and back pain
- Problems with attention and focus
- Gastrointestinal problems
- High blood pressure
Alisa also reviews the three primary components of a healthy workplace culture, she defines them as:
In this episode:
- Sponsor message: Successful Generations Wellness Mastermind for Leaders (1:15)
- Meet Alisa Craig (2:12)
- Making the case for health and wellness (4:10)
- Topics that companies are requesting in wellness (6:18)
- Components of a healthy workplace culture (8:52)
- Ways stress impact health head to toe (14:45)
- Stress management strategies (18:50)
- Tips for practicing mindfulness during the workday (27:30)
- Resources (33:25)
- Bonus questions (36:08)
Resources from this episode:
Contact Alisa Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Alisa is responsible for Hurley Medical Center’s Community, Corporate, and Employee Wellness Services, in addition to administrative oversight of the adult Diabetes Center and Population Health initiatives. Alisa is an accomplished health care professional with twenty-five years of experience in a full range of responsibilities including wellness staff management, program development and implementation of wellness programs including screenings, workshops and campaigns. She has been responsible for the hiring, training, coaching and evaluating many staff members. She has also been responsible for providing the strategic direction for multi-million dollar budgets for wellness programming, including: nutrition/weight management initiatives, tobacco consultation services, physical activity programs, stress management classes, and overall health education resources. Alisa, herself, enjoys facilitating seminars on a variety of health topics, with her favorites being: social determinants of health, women’s health, stress management, and fostering a healthy workplace culture.
Prior to Hurley Medical Center, Alisa worked for StayWell Health Management as a Strategic Account Executive and for both the University of Michigan and Baker College for eight years, where she was responsible for managing a diverse staff of wellness professionals to provide best-in-class health awareness and health improvement programs to University employees, patients, corporate clients, and the surrounding community. In addition, Alisa has worked as a vendor for both GM and Chrysler for another eight years providing leadership for wellness program coordinators and part-time staff while directing all aspects of their wellness programs for employees, retirees, and spouses.
Alisa has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Master of Science degree from Arizona State University. When not working, she stays very busy with two children and is often at the ballfield cheering them on.
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