Rethinking the Lunchroom
by Diana Chard, RD
The majority of us spend most of our waking hours at work. This means it’s essential to make our work environments as conducive to healthy habits as possible.
Being healthy is not just an individual effort. If you work in an office where there’s a candy bowl, vending machines, or leftover baked goods from meetings placed in the lunchroom, it can be hard to resist these goodies all day. It’s not just a matter of willpower. The effort to resist a plate of cookies can detract from ones ability to focus on ones work. It can also lead to an increased likelihood that one will “cave” and over-indulge later in the day.
A Closer Look at Self-Care
by Bonnie Smith Conrad, RD
October is an opportunity to celebrate and remind us of the importance of creating a healthy workplace. After all, many of us spend a fair bit of our time at work and work-life does impact our health.
Is creating a healthy workplace as simple as providing opportunities to “move more” and offer “healthier food choices” at meetings? It depends on how health is defined and what individual health goals are. A comprehensive approach to workplace health sets the stage for getting at the fundamental drivers of health in organizations – how we manage, how we communicateand how we make decisions- all of which are also important when thinking of personal health and self-care.