Dr. Ian Smith Talks Workplace Wellness, Staying Healthy in 'Supershred'
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

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Dr. Ian's latest book, Supershred

What are some ways you think entrepreneurs can encourage more wellness for their employees?

Take a look at the work day. You can’t just have an elastic work day that last as long as it takes to get work done. If employers were more cognizant of the duration of the employee work day and the quality of the work, it could make a huge impact.

Studies have shown that that happy employees are more productive employees. Employers usually do not do a good job of thinking about the connection and the interface of the employees’ state of mind.

When employers intervene, they find more success rates and more allegiance, then employees tend to go above and beyond. Investing in prevention and wellness saves (the company) money and adds to the bottom line.

I also think that all employees should get a “you break” where one could do whatever he or she wants to do as long as it cannot be work related and it’s soothing to you.

You are very active on social media. How important is social media to the success of your healthy movements?

Anyone who doesn’t understand how social media can have a tremendous impact on these types of issues is totally lost. I was late to the game myself, as I thought it was more of a social thing like gossip. But there is huge practical benefit, beyond [discussing] what movie you saw.

With a touch of button one can access thousands of people who are online all the time; asking questions, getting support reading posts and finding information. #ShredderNation is successful, as a large community of people are going through the same things. People find strength in numbers.

Many people use lack of money as an excuse not to maintain healthy habits. What advice can you give those on a budget?

If living healthy is a priority for you, it’s not that expensive. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day, taking a walk, eliminating soda and reducing your fried foods costs nothing. There are a lot of things that people can do; they just have to be committed to it.

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Suncear Scretchen

Health and Wellness Editor, Suncear Scretchen is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Ayurvedic Counselor who wants to help make the world a healthier place. Share your thoughts and ideas with her on Twitter (@ConsciousChick).

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