The theme for National Nutrition Week 2015 is “Healthy Eating in the Workplace”.
Why is healthy eating in the workplace so important?
- Many workers consume at least half of their meals and snacks during work hours.
- According to the 2012 South African Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES), obesity levels are increasing and with it there is an increase in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The prevalence of overweight and obesity combined is at 65% for females and 31% for males in South Africa.
- People who are overweight or obese have a higher risk for several occupational conditions as well as workplace injury.
- Employees with an unhealthy diet have been found to have a 66% increased risk of lower productivity than those who ate a healthy diet.
Visit the National Nutrition Week Website for more statistics, tips and resources.
For 3 years I worked for a corporate wellness company and now work for a corporate myself, so know all too well the challenges of eating healthily in the workplace. These 10 tips cover some of the most common struggles I’ve come across, to help you aim for some small wins which could really help in boosting your health and productivity, helping to give you the edge to excel.
Top 10 workplace wellness tips:
- Don’t skip breakfast.
- Drink lots of water – dehydration leaves you feeling tired and more prone to headaches.
- Pack your lunch – check out this post for tips to implement.
- Avoid eating lunch at your desk.
- Say no to the vending machine.
- Keep healthy desk snacks – check out this post for tips to implement.
- Dial back on the caffeine – aim for maximum 3 – 4 cups of tea or coffee a day.
- Wash your hands.
- Take the stairs.
- Kill the clutter – excess clutter causes stress and anxiety, a quick tidy up your desk will leave you instantly feeling lighter.