Long hours at work, traffic snarls, irregular mealtimes, and sedentary lifestyles don’t do our eating habits or health any favors. But the good news is that food can be one of the easiest things to fix! And it can all start at work.
Why Diet Matters
Diet plays a significant role in overall well-being. Conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, and metabolic syndrome are all heavily impacted by the food we eat. While it may not necessarily cause the problem, eating right can ease symptoms.
And if excess weight is an issue your people grapple with, consider this – weight loss is often said to be 75% about what you eat and 25% about exercise. Just as important as what we eat and how much we eat is when we eat. Regular meal times can be a vital piece of the puzzle.
Diet even impacts work productivity. More than poor exercise habits or smoking! As one study found, employees eating unhealthy diets were 66% more at risk of seeing a loss in productivity than those who ate healthy, with regular intake of whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables.
3 Ways Companies Can Make The Change
Most people spend much of their waking life at the office and consume between 1 to 3 meals, including snacks, at work. This makes your role in influencing their diet, critical.
1. EQUIP: Arm With Tools & Skills
Arm your employees with tools and skills they need to make smart decisions and informed choices about their food.
2. INFORM: Offer Customized, Relevant Information
While there’s so much information at our fingertips, the problem is the glut of information that’s sometimes overwhelming. Getting content that’s relevant to them can change how proactive employees become with their diet.
3. ENABLE: Make Workspace Changes To Support Healthy Eating
Once you’ve armed your employees with the information they need and the tools to process or understand it, you need to enable them to live this new healthy life and eat better.
Don’t Wing It!
Take the guesswork out of healthy eating. Work with a health and wellness partner like healthi to help employees set healthy eating and fitness goals, customize meal plans , improve nutrition, and even track improvements to health indicators via periodic diagnostic tests.
Nutritionists and other experts can give your team the personal attention they need to overcome unhealthy eating habits. This can be a lifesaver for those battling chronic diseases or struggling with the right food choices.
Done well, food can be a winner not just to help employees be their best selves, but also to create a certain joy around life at work. So why not make the change today?