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Sustainability - Wellness Initiative

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At PITT OHIO, our most significant resource is our people, so we've extended our mission to be People Driven beyond the workplace. In 2007, PITT OHIO initiated a company-wide wellness program in an effort to encourage our employees to Eat Right, Be Fit and Live Well.

The goal of the program is to improve our employees' health and safety. In order to allow each employee the opportunity to perform to his or her greatest potential, we take care of our people. And in turn – our employees take exceptional care of our customers.

2017 May – Skin Cancer Prevention

Although it is largely preventable, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, with more than 3.5 million people being diagnosed annually. Statistics show that one person dies of melanoma every 57 minutes.

Medical professionals continue to urge people to take prevention measures like wearing sunscreen daily, not tanning, wearing hats and sunglasses, and having a medical skin exam annually. Adopting healthy skin habits could save your life.  Skin cancer can affect anyone, regardless of age or skin color.

Sustainability - Eat Right

Eat Right – Prevention with Antioxidants

When it comes to sun safety, lathering on sunscreen, sporting broad-brimmed hats and staying in the shade surely come to mind. But diet may also play a key role in the prevention of skin cancer and melanoma. A great deal of research is emerging around obesity, antioxidant intake, vitamin D and other potential nutrition-related links to melanoma.  Antioxidants, such as retinol, are important for a healthy immune system.  Studies have found that higher intake of retinol-rich foods, such as fish, milk, eggs, dark green leafy vegetables, and orange/yellow fruits and vegetables led to a 20 percent reduced risk of developing melanoma.

Sustainability - Be Fit

Be Fit – Exercise Sun Safety: Wear Sunscreen

With summer approaching, many of you are excited to get out and active: swimming, running or hiking. All year long, but especially during the summer, you have to protect skin from sun exposure and damage. Sunlight contains UV rays, or ultraviolet radiation, which ages the skin and causes cataracts, wrinkles and skin cancer.  It’s too easy to let time slip by and forget to reapply sunscreen, or forget it all together, while working out and having fun. Sunscreen is necessary to keep your skin safe, and it’s best to also combine it with other effective sun-protective methods.

Sustainability - Live Well

Live Well – Skin Self-Examination

It is recommended that everyone practice monthly head-to-toe self-examination of their skin, so that they can find any new or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous. Skin cancers found and removed early are almost always curable. Performed regularly, self-examination can alert you to changes in your skin and aid in the early detection of skin cancer. It should be done often enough to become a habit, but not so often as to feel like a bother. For most people, once a month is ideal, but ask your doctor if you should do more frequent checks.