Healthy eating in the workplace for National Nutrition Week

Healthy eating in the workplace for National Nutrition Week

Oct 13, 2015

October of each year sees the entire nation assessing their eating habits as National Nutrition Week is celebrated from 9 to 15 October. The focus of this year’s campaign is “Healthy eating in the workplace”, aimed at public sector employees and workplace food service providers.The Department of Health, together with several other governmental departments, have committed themselves to support and strengthen efforts to reduce the prevalence of obesity in South Africa by 10 percent within the next five years – this will be attained by planning interventions at schools and workplaces.

With this in mind, Weigh-Less introduces its Corporate Programme, developed specifically for the workforce of South Africa. Being an all-encompassing health and lifestyle plan, the Weigh-Less Corporate Programme addresses all aspects in a concise and relevant manner with an aim to inform and empower all employees in terms of their health and wellness.

Weigh-Less is based on prudent dietary principles which includes foods from all of the food groups, and members are educated on the importance of complex carbohydrates, low-fat and high-quality proteins and dairy, as well as the need for healthy fats from nuts, seeds, and oils. An active lifestyle goes hand in hand with proper nutrition for a healthy lifestyle.

Try these three simple workplace workout tips to stay active while at work:

Take the stairs
Skip the elevator and climb some stairs instead. If you work on the 50th floor, get off a few floors before and ascend the last few flights on foot.

Take a stand
Sitting down for long periods of time has been linked to a multitude of health concerns. Stand up every 20 minutes and stretch your arms and legs. Get your colleagues on board and have a meeting where everyone stands instead of sitting down.

Take a stroll
Try not sit at your desk through tea and lunch breaks. Take a brisk walk around the office before attacking your lunch tin at your desk.

We are constantly faced with choices. Should I walk across the road to the shops or take my car? Should I offer to fetch something from reception or let someone else volunteer? Make the smart decision and choose to lead an active lifestyle, wherever you may find yourself.

Visit www.weighless.co.za/Groups/Find-A-Group to see if your company offers the Weigh-Less Corporate Programme.