Workplace Wellness Made Easy
Most of us spend, on average, 60% of our waking hours at work, so it stands to reason that the workplace has the potential to enable employees to make healthy choices every day in effective and achievable ways.
The rationale for employee health seems so logical: if you improve the health and well-being of employees, their quality of life will improve, healthcare use will decrease, disability will be controlled, and productivity enhanced.
With some simple ideas and a bit of determination on the part of employers and employees, you can help improve the health of your workplace.
Here are a couple of ways that our employees are helping to improve and promote wellness.
Lunchtime Walking Club
Walking is probably the most underestimated type of physical activity, yet according to health professionals, regular walking can:
- reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke
- reduce blood pressure
- reduce stress
- lower blood cholesterol levels
- increase bone density, which prevents osteoporosis
- minimize the consequences of osteoarthritis
- relieve back pain
- improve overall health and longevity
Engaging Employees in Nutrition
Employees who eat well are employees who feel better, have increased energy and are more productive. Good nutrition will lower their risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancers.
Cowan hosted its first annual “Smoothie Blend-Off” at the end of February. Smoothies are thick, smooth drinks made of pureed fruits and/or vegetables along with other nutrient dense ingredients. They make wonderful options for a meal or a snack when made with natural ingredients.
There were four teams who participated and had their smoothie judged on taste, texture, theme and healthiness. The winning combination included fruit, energizing mint, creamy avocado and zesty lime— a refreshing drink to win over any green smoothie skeptic. Follow this link to see how easy it is for you to make this too Glowing-Mojo-ito-Green Monster.
Support and encouragement from co-workers can also help to reinforce positive eating behaviours. In addition, knowledge and skills learned at work, can in turn influence family members, friends and the home setting.
The workplace has the potential to enable employees to make healthy choices every day in effective and achievable ways. What might your workplace do differently to help its workforce achieve its healthy eating goals?
For more information, please contact your Benefits Consultant, or the author of this article, Carol Parsons, Senior Benefits Consultant at 1-866-912-6926.