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A 6‑Week Worksite Positivity Program Leads to Greater Life Satisfaction, Decreased Inflammation, and a Greater Number of Employees with A1C Levels in Range Published: 2019

Objective: To determine whether a 6-week Positivity Program could impact employee cardiovascular inflammation, blood sugars, cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and/or life satisfaction.

Methods: Pre- and post-study blood draw and life satisfaction questionnaire tracked changes in 10 cardiovascular and inflammatory

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Heart Rate Variability: New Perspectives on Assessment of Stress and Health Risk at the Workplace

Published on: 04-02-2019

Introduction: Cardiovascular diseases are the highest cause of death in the world. Many of these deaths may be workplace related. Long hours at work seem to be influencing the increased risks of heart diseases. Workplace stress can be defined as the “discrepancies between the physiological demands within a workplace and the inability of employees to either manage or cope with such work demands.” The varied nature and perception of stress are exemplified from literature that shows stress being either a stimulus, or a response, or a stimulus–

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Building Resilience in an Urban Police Department

Objective:The aim of this study is to examine a resilience training intervention that impacts autonomic responses to stress and improves cardiovascular risk, psychological, and physiological outcomes in police. Methods: Officers [(n=38) 22 to 54 years] modified emotional and physical responses to stress using self-regulation. Measurements include psychological and physiological measures [eg, heart rate variability (HRV), blood pressure, C-reactive protein)] obtained at three time intervals. Results: Age was significantly (P<0.05) associated with

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Applying Resilience Promotion Training Among Special Forces Police Officers

Published on: 01-05-2015

Police Special Forces (a.k.a. special weapons and tactics [SWAT]) officers are tasked with responding to the most critical situations, including incidents that require specialized skills and equipment beyond typical policing activities. In this study, we tested the feasibility of applying Arnetz and colleagues’ resilience promotion training that was developed for patrol officers to SWAT team officers (n = 18). The resilience promotion training program included psychoeducation focused on police stress and resilience, and the practice of resilience

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Police department Personnel Stress Resilience training: An Institutional Case Study

Published on: 15-03-2014

The objective of this case study was to test the impact in law enforcement personnel of an innovative self-regulation and resilience  building  program  delivered  via  an  iPad  (Apple  Inc,  Cupertino,  California)  app  and  personal  mentoring.  The  Stress  Resilience  Training  System  (SRTS)  app  includes  training  on  stress  and  its  effects,  HRV  coherence  biofeedback,  a  series  of  HeartMath  self-regulation  techniques  (The  Institute  of  HeartMath,  Boulder  Creek,  California),  and  HRV-controlled  games.  The  stressful 

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Stress Management Based on Trait‑Anxiety Levels and Sleep Quality in Middle‑Aged Employees Confronted with Psychosocial Chronic Stress

Published on: 15-01-2014

A  stress  management  program  using  cardiac  coherence  was  implemented  after  an  organizational  down-sizing. The study was conducted in nine voluntary workers in order to evaluate the efficiency of the program.  A  baseline  evaluation  was  conducted  on  psychological  variables  (anxiety,  perceived-stress,  well- being  and  sleep),  endocrine  assessments  (urinary  cortisol  excretion,  alpha-amylase  and  salivary  concentrations)  and  physiological  recordings  (sleep  and  heart  rate  variability).  The  low  number  of 

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Coherence and Health Care Cost — RCA Actuarial Study: A Cost-Effectiveness Cohort Study

Published on: 15-08-2010

Chronic stress is among the most costly health problems in terms of direct health costs, absenteeism, disability, and performance standards. The Reformed Church in America (RCA) identified stress among its clergy as a major cause of higher-than-average  health  claims  and    implemented HeartMath (HM) to help its participants manage stress and increase  physiological  resilience.  The  6-week  HM  program Revitalize you! was selected for the intervention including the emWave Personal Stress Reliever technology.

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New Hope for Correctional Officers: An Innovative Program for Reducing Stress and Health Risks

This  study  investigated  the  impact of a new stress management program on physiological and psychological stress and health risk factors among 75 correctional officers. The experimental group received training in emotion self-regulation techniques intended to reduce stress and health risk factors. Practice of the techniques was enhanced by heart rate variability feedback, which helped participants  learn  and  sustain  use  of the  self-management tools.  Measures of physiological stress  included  cortisol, DHEA,  cholesterol, triglycerides,  fasting  glucose 

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