We owe it to ourselves to plan healthy meals so that we feel better and are more productive in our work environment. Do you ever get that sluggish feeling midway through the morning? Think about what you had for breakfast. Was it nutritious? Did you even have breakfast? What about mid-afternoon? What did your lunch consist of?
The advantages of incorporating healthy meal choices and physical activity during work include:
- better and longer attention spans
- more energy
- a more positive attitude
- keep health care costs down
- are more productive and take fewer sick days
- feel better and live longer
The healthy eating program is about making healthy choices available as an option. Don’t you owe it to yourself to commit to choosing healthy meals?
- Offer water and 100% juice instead of soda
- Ask for whole grain breads
- Provide whole fruits and cut up raw vegetables
- Provide healthy portion sizes
Do you have any physical activity during your day? Do you get a chance to get up and move around? How could you incorporate some physical activity into your day?
Think about where you work. Are there places where people can get up and move around, take the stairs or walk outside? Consider letting employees have some extra time for walking or have exercise equipment or videos available for employees to use. If a meeting is longer than 1 hour, plan time for a 10 minute stretch break or incorporate physical activity.
Create and maintain a healthy workforce by promoting healthy behaviors.
Author: Linnete Mizer Goard, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension.