Workplace Nutrition

Posted by Matt Bushey in #YHSafetyTips, Mar 07, 2018

Busy. That single word can be one of the lead causes to the leading cause of death in 2017, heart disease. Busy lifestyles are not an excuse to choosing unhealthy meals at work, its a lack of care for oneself. Lets change that today.

Consuming a diet rich in nutrient-dense foods and beverages while maintaining a healthy weight through calorie balance and regular physical activity has been shown to contribute to a reduction in overweight and obesity and lower the risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease, some cancers, stroke, and diabetes.

Meetings

Often times there is food at meetings for reasons such as the meeting will be long, its a working lunch, or just as a gesture of kindness. The problem is the type of food that is presented, often time these are donuts, fast-food, cookies, cakes, dessert foods, etc.

Healthy Choices for snacks

    Here are some healthier tips:
  • Offer a colorful variety of fruit and vegetables
  • Offer 100% whole-grain products in a variety of forms
  • Offer smaller portion sizes and prepare food in ways that reduce added calories.
  • Do not offer foods that contain industrially produced (or artificial) trans-fatty acids
  • Offer foods that are reduced or low in salt and sodium
  • Offer healthier condiments served on the side in small portions
  • Offer snacks that are low in calories and high in nutrients
  • Limit sweet treats
  • Discourage the practice of "Dumping" or leaving leftovers of less healthy foods (like Halloween candy or birthday cake) in common areas
  • Offer water and low-calorie beverages

Eating foods that are ripe in season will help you get the nutrients natural per food. See what produce is in season in America here: Seasonal produce guide

Healthy Choices for snacks

You don’t have to eat a salad to be healthy, but you should balance your fruits, vegetables, grains(breads, rice, etc), and protein (meat).

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