Expert Alert - Experts balance work and life - This Labour Day weekend, CIHR experts discuss the importance of taking care of your health, while taking care of business

    OTTAWA, Aug. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Back-to-school means back-to-work for many
Canadians. For most, it also means a return to a daily routine of over
10 hours of work, including the commute to work, and four hours doing
housework or taking care of dependents. Such lifestyles can lead to difficulty
balancing the pressures of work and home life. In fact, thirty-four percent of
Ontarian workers have reported high levels of work-related stress.
    Several researchers funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
(CIHR) are available to comment on different aspects of workplace health, as
Canadians enjoy a break this Labour Day weekend.

    Desk jobs can be a real pain: how sitting all day affects your lower back
    Dr. John Frank, Scientific Director, Institute of Population and Public
    Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, (Toronto).
    Nadine Dunk, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of Waterloo

    How family and work life of parents influence their health
    Dr. Bonnie Janzen, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of
    Saskatchewan (Saskatoon).

    Does shift work endanger employee's health and safety?
    Dr. Diane Boivin, CIHR-funded researcher from the Douglas Hospital
    Research Centre, McGill University (Verdun).

    The following CIHR-funded researchers are also available to talk about
    health in the workplace :

    What causes occupational asthma?
    Dr. Jean-Luc Malo, CIHR-funded researcher from l'Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur
    de Montréal (Montreal).

    People with HIV/AIDS returning to the workplace
    Dr. Cameron Mustard, CIHR-funded researcher from the Institute for Work &
    Health (Toronto).

    Diagnosing mental health problems at work: developing better tools and
    Dr. Sonia Lupien, CIHR-funded researcher from the Douglas Hospital
    Research Center (Verdun).

    How do mental disorders affect productivity in the workplace?
    Dr. Jianli Wang, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of Calgary

    Is there a connection between parents working and childhood obesity?
    Dr. Jennifer Stewart, CIHR-funded researcher from Carleton University

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new
scientific knowledge and to catalyze its translation into improved health,
more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian
health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and
support to more than 11,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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