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Rethinking Health & Wellness for Manufacturers with Laura Timbrook
Episode 791st February 2022 • Manufacturing Happy Hour • Chris Luecke
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Laura Timbrook is a national board-certified health and wellness coach who is focused specifically on the manufacturing industry, particularly on shift workers. She's also a speaker on the topic and runs her own podcast Outspoken Nutrition. We haven't really approached this topic on the show before, but it's one that Laura is uniquely qualified to cover.

Health and wellness isn’t a topic that’s discussed much in the manufacturing industry. But that doesn’t mean it’s not been an important issue since the inception of the sector. In this episode, Laura discusses the evolving nature of occupational health and wellness, especially as it stretches to accommodate the needs of workers in the manufacturing industry.

She also shares her thoughts on what she believes health and wellness will look like in the near future. She then goes on to share some words of advice for industry leaders looking to embrace the notion of a healthier workforce.

In this episode, find out:

  • What being healthy looks like from a broader perspective
  • How to reframe the health and wellness conversation for a shift worker in manufacturing
  • How wellness contributes to retention and productivity in the workplace
  • The evolution of wellness in the manufacturing industry
  • What companies that have a thriving health and wellness culture are doing right
  • How COVID has changed the general attitude towards health
  • Common mistakes organizations make when implementing health and wellness initiatives
  • Advice for manufacturing leaders looking to adopt a health-conscious culture

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Tweetable Quotes:

  • "If you start small, you’ll make bigger changes.”
  • “When we talk about what encompasses health and wellness, it’s not just sleep, nutrition, movement, it also covers relationships and an overall sense of purpose.”
  • “Give your employees access to their “numbers,” once they start to see specifics on their health it suddenly hits home.”

Links & mentions:

  • Outspoken Nutrition, a podcast that focuses on simple and doable ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and make better health-related choices.

Make sure to visit http://manufacturinghappyhour.com for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.

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