3 Diets to Help You Follow the New Dietary Guidelines

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The new 2015-2020 federal dietary guidelines focus on the prevention of diet-related chronic diseases instead of just weight management alone. Here are three suggested diets designed around the guidelines to help make them more user-friendly:

  • Healthy American Diet: A healthier version of what people in the United States typically consume, it suggests 2.5 cups of vegetables, 2 cups of fruit, 6 ounces of grain, 3 cups of dairy and 5.5 ounces of protein daily.
  • Mediterranean Diet: Heavy on protein and fruits while light on dairy, this diet suggests 6.5 ounces of protein, 2.5 cups of fruit and 2 cups of dairy daily. Like the American diet, it also suggests 2.5 cups of vegetables and 6 ounces of grain daily.
  • Vegetarian Diet: This diet only suggests 3.5 ounces of protein daily. To replace meat and seafood, it prescribes 7 ounces of nuts and seeds, as well as 8 ounces of tofu and other soy products. It also recommends 2.5 cups of vegetables, 2 cups of fruit and 6.5 ounces of grain.

*Above examples are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


Lead Water Poisoning

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Although lead-based paint and dust in older buildings are the most common sources of lead poisoning, drinking water is sometimes a source as well. This is mostly due to old, corroded pipes.

High levels of lead in the bloodstream can cause serious health effects, especially in children under the age of 6. Symptoms of lead poisoning in children include developmental delay, learning difficulties, irritability, weight loss, fatigue, abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation and hearing loss.

Since you can’t see, smell or taste lead in water, the only way to detect it is to have the water tested. If your home is served by public water systems, your local water authority should be able to provide this information. You can also use an at-home lead-testing kit.

If your tap water’s lead levels exceed 15 ppb, you can possibly reduce the threat of lead poisoning by doing the following:

  • Run cold water for at least a minute before using or drinking it.
  • Do not use hot tap water for drinking and cooking, since hot water draws lead from the corroded pipes. Instead, use cold tap water and heat it on the stove.
  • Invest in a home water filtration system that reduces the amount of lead in your water.
This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice. © 2016 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved.

The Numbers You Need to Know (24.7.365)

You never expect to have a mechanical breakdown. But when it does happen, TP Mechanical has you covered. Our emergency service teams are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

If you have a leaky sprinkler, we’re there for you. If you have an air conditioner on the blink, we’re there for you. Any time you have a disruption in your mechanical systems, our experienced technicians can handle your equipment outage.

TP Mechanical Service places a priority on training for our team members. Our skilled technicians continue to develop their knowledge through continuing education programs to stay up to date on the latest diagnostic techniques and products. We promise you that our technicians are prepared to give you the answers you need accurately and efficiently.

One more number you should know: 4

That’s our guaranteed response time. When you select TP Mechanical as your service partner, our team is able to respond to your emergencies within 4 hours to troubleshoot and repair any problem.

The last numbers you should know: 800-829-1989

We hope you never have to dial this number. But don’t hesitate to call those 10 digits for any service need – not just emergencies. We understand the investment you’ve made in your facilities and how an outage can affect your operations.

TP Mechanical offers a variety of service agreement options including:

  • Service Agreements (SA)
  • Inspection Agreements (IA)
  • Maintenance Agreements (MA)
  • Total Agreements (TA)
  • Custom Agreements (CA)

To learn more about TP Mechanical’s specific agreements and which might be right for your business needs, visit our Agreements page.

Does a Safe Culture Save Money? You Bet!

TPM-SafetyFirstAlways2_1-30-13At TP Mechanical, safety is more than an item to check off our work list. Safety is part of our DNA. That’s because we value the health and well-being of everyone on our job sites. Safety First, Always First are words we truly live and work by.

While safety is important for our personnel first and foremost, it does have a significant impact on other areas of the business. United States businesses spend $170 billion a year due to work injuries and illnesses — expenses that come directly out of company profits. Having defined, effective safety and health management processes can reduce injury and illness costs by 20 to 40 percent.1

Improves productivity

Having a safe workplace also improves employee productivity and morale. Satisfied employees produce at a higher level and return to work more quickly after minor injuries or illnesses. The costs of a serious or fatal on-the-job injury are damaging: Psychological stress from an accident may require long-term counseling, and some co-workers may not be able to return to work for a significant period of time. Locating and training replacement workers takes time and decreases productivity.

Reduces workers’ compensation costs and avoids OSHA penalties

Employers and their insurers pay more than $40 billion each year in workers’ compensation, or almost $500 per covered employee.2 Businesses can partner with OSHA to reduce the costs of workers’ compensation and OSHA penalties resulting from workplace injuries and illnesses. These programs include:

  • OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP): Businesses that work with VPP have 50 percent fewer lost workday injuries than the average for their industry and incidence rates 50 percent below the national average. Companies have saved more than $1 billion partnering with VPP.1 In 2003, TP Mechanical became the first mechanical contractor in the U.S. to obtain VPP status.
  • OSHA Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP): Small businesses can participate in this program to save companies substantial amount of money. OSHA strategic partnerships and alliances help promote workplace safety and health.

Maintaining a safe workplace is especially important for cost savings in 2016. As part of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Improvements Act of 2015, OSHA is increasing fines for the first time in 25 years.

To learn more about how TP Mechanical puts safety first, visit TP Mechanical Safety.

1 Occupational Safety & Health Administration

2 American Society of Safety Engineers