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Four Tips to Kick Off a Healthier New Year

Published Monday, January 14, 2019 8:00 am
  1. Take a break
    It is increasingly hard to plan breaks throughout your day with deadlines and meetings that seem to take priority. However, it is very important to take breaks throughout the work day. According to Gallup, only one-third of full-time employees in the American workforce are engaged1. Encouraging time for employee breaks is one way to increase engagement at work. Breaks can increase employee creativity, productivity and energy levels, which leads to increased engagement at work6.
  2. Move more
    Lack of movement, or physical inactivity, can increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and other chronic diseases2. There are many ways to encourage employee movement throughout the day. Posting signs around the office to promote taking the stairs, incentivizing employees to walk on their breaks, using sit to stand desks, or encouraging everyone to park farther away in the parking lot can all be helpful.
  3. Get your “5 a day"
    It is recommended to that adults eat about 2 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables each day3. That task can seem daunting at first, but there are ways the workplace can encourage employees to get in the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables each day. Offering a community fruit or vegetable bowl in the break room is a great start. You may also consider a recipe sharing program. There are many great recipes that include multiple servings of fruits and vegetables in one dish. Providing recipes is a great way to educate employees about how easy it is to sneak fruits or veggies into some of their favorite meals.
  4. Get adequate sleep
    Getting enough sleep each night is not always seen as a priority. Again, with work deadlines and all those commitments outside of work, it is easy to neglect sleep. Lack of sleep is linked to many negative effects, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression5. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours of sleep for adults4. Encourage your employees to work on time management skills, so they can make getting enough sleep a priority.

 

1. https://news.gallup.com/opinion/chairman/203876/workplace-disruption-annual-reviews-coaching.aspx?g_source=link_NEWSV9&g_medium=related_tile2&g_campaign=item_180404&g_content=Workplace%2520Disruption%3a%2520From%2520Annual%2520Reviews%2520to%2520Coaching 
2. https://www.nchpad.org/403/2216/Sedentary~Lifestyle~is~Dangerous~to~Your~Health 
3. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p1116-fruit-vegetable-consumption.html 
4. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/press-release/national-sleep-foundation-recommends-new-sleep-times/page/0/1 
5. https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/index.html 
6. https://www.tcmworld.org/health-benefits-of-taking-a-break/