Because we spend so much time at work, it can have a big impact on our health. So it's important that both employees and employers take steps to create an environment that helps them eat better and move more. Although employees need to make the first move to improve their health, their efforts can be helped greatly when employers create policies, provide services and create a culture that support employees' efforts.
If everyone works together, people can get healthier, be happier at work, and be more productive. Everyone wins.
There are two simple things you can do on your own:
1. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables. Eat Less Food High In Fat and Sugar
Pack your own lunch from home, put extra veggies on your sandwiches, and bring a zip lock bag of cut up fruits or veggies like kiwi, apples, carrots, celery, or cucumber slices.
- Use the Healthy Meeting and Event Guide when ordering catered foods. Order free copies here.
- If your worksite has a cafeteria, check the menu for healthy options such as grilled lean meats, rice and beans, vegetable soups, non-fat milk, fruit and or vegetables, vegetable salads with low or non-fat dressings.
- When you do eat out, try healthier options such as salads with grilled fish, chicken, tofu, grilled kabobs or tabouli and hummus in a pita pocket. Ask for substitutes of a salad or carrot sticks instead of french fries.
2. Find Ways to Be More Active
- Go for a walk during breaks or at lunch.
- If you sit for most of the day, take breaks throughout the day to stretch and move around.
- Start a walking club with your coworkers.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator, and walk or ride your bike to work if possible.
- If you drive, park further away from the entrance; if you take the bus or public transit, get off and walk the last few blocks.
This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.