Eating and Physical Activity

Last reviewed on 05/11/2012 14:58

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Healthy eating

Health is wealth, as the saying goes. Our health is dependent on many factors, one of the most important of which is food. What we eat, when we eat, and how we eat can all affect our health.

It is widely recognised that unhealthy eating patterns, when coupled with a lack of physical activity, can lead to heart disease, cancer and obesity - all of which can cause significant absence through sickness.

Encouraging your employees to adopt healthy eating habits helps them stay healthy and productive, which also benefits you!

Eating tips

There are several cost-effective ways you can encourage good health practices amongst your employees:

  • ensure that they take proper breaks, preferably away from their desks
  • if your company has a canteen, make sure that it provides healthy options such as fresh fruit and vegetables to encourage employees to try nutritious food instead of junk food. If employees bring in their own food, provide a fridge and perhaps a microwave
  • encourage them to take up some sort of physical exercise - even a brisk run to the bus stop (but not the chippy!) every day is better than nothing!

The best thing about exercise is that it can be done anywhere. There are even stretching exercises that help relax muscles whilst sitting at your desk. Encourage your employees to do simple exercises as they would on a long flight, such as rotating their shoulders, bending their knees, circling their ankles – all these can aid relaxation.

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Resources

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