Department of Health and Human Services

Anemia Awareness: Increase the Efficiency & Quality of Work

Heightened awareness of anemia will empower federal employees with this condition to seek and receive appropriate treatment; this, in turn, will improve the efficiency and quality of their work. It stands to reason that fatigued workers are not as productive or efficient as they could be. Fatigue is the most common symptom of anemia, which is a condition where the blood lacks sufficient red blood cells or the red ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Health Time for Federal Employees

My proposal is simple: Allow Federal workers to charge up to 3 hours per week to exercise. On the surface, this would amount to 7.5% of lost worker productivity, but that is based on an incorrect assessment of productivity - that each employee gives 100% for 40 hours per week. We all know that’s not true. It's pretty simple - if you feel better, you work more efficiently on a daily basis. On top of that, if you are ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Save $3.5 billion/year in Medication Error Costs

Patient have difficulty understanding, remembering, and following technical, confusing medication instructions, and so may miss, double up on, or otherwise miss-take medications. When patients fail to improve as expected, clinicians may unnecessarily increase, duplicate, or change medications. Resultant poor patient health and avoidable, prolonged, more complicated hospital admissions lead to poor health outcomes and ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Medical savings

A recent news item states that the government will pay half of all Americans' medical costs within the next decade. I work with SSA disability decisions all day. Drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and obesity are elements of the majority of disability claims, even those that are denied. It's time to approach these three impairments the way smoking was approached. If the government spends a little money now persuading people ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Medicaid/Food Stamps and good health

I believe that all Medicaid and Food Stamp recipients should be required to attend healthy eating and food preparation seminars and if necessary smoking cessation and weight reduction classes. Too many people are receiving these benefits and wasting our money on preventable conditions related to obesity and smoking.

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Department of Commerce

open up grassy fields to exercise -- better health!!!

At the Suitland Federal Center, the grassy fields that could be used for exercise, walking, and sports are OFF LIMITS per GSA. There is no explanation as to why there are DO NOT WALK signs on the grassy fields. Employees are forced to jog and play sports in the harder to get to and less safe surrounding neighborhood, which takes more time away from exercise. Take the 'DO NOT WALK' signs off the fields and open them ...more »

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Department of Commerce

naptime

A short nap (or power nap) increases productivity, sharpens the sense, and lifts the spirit. In summary, naps can improve health and well-being.

 

Increased productivity and happiness save $$$!

 

How about a nap-friendly environment and a nap room?

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Department of Commerce

Stand Up

The simple act of just standing at your desk, even if just for a few hours a day, instead of sitting could benefit your health and save money on health care. Our bodies were made for standing. Studies show that sitting reduces our overall health. Help our bodies help us!

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Revamp Department of Veteran's Affairs Operations

Following the terrible experience with my father at the Oklahoma City VA Hospital Emergency Room/Hospital, I suggest to close all VA hospitals. Allow veterans to obtain primary health care from private, local providers using a Federally issued credit card for veteran's benefits, much like an insurance card. Current VA employees can seek employement with local hospitals and clinics if they are qualified. Controls can ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Germs -- spreading infections

Insist and follow-thru that those who are coughing or sneezing or blowing their noses assure that they are not spreading their germs. They should be cleaning their hands, not touching others, coughing into their elbows and not make excuses for not abiding by these basic actions to prevent spread of germs. The often excuses are: I am not contagious; I have allergies only; I am not contagious anymore; etc. I am literally ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Healthier Federal Employees, More Government Savings

DHS HQ is located in a suburban area of Washington, DC, where one has to walk over a mile if they plan on eating lunch off campus. There is one cafeteria on campus which serves almost exlcusively hamburgers, pizza, philly cheesesteaks, chicken tenders, soda...you get the point. If there was as strong a movement to put healthy foods in our government cafeterias as there is to put healthy foods in our schools, the health ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Speed health and safety

Learning to use and using the Dvorak keyboard arrangement (available on all pcs) increases the average keyboarding speed by at least 50% and significantly reduce health problems like carpal tunnel of the wrist. Movement on the keyboard is 1/10th of a QWERTY board. The most frequently used letters are located under the strongest and most mobile of fingers (QWERTY boards have 65% of all English words exclusively on the ...more »

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General Services Administration

Reduce Carpet Installation

Carpet is expensive, retains dirt, and has to be replaced periodically. It also causes health issues for people with severe allergies. Limit carpet installed in government buildings to special areas that don't receive a lot of foot traffic.

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