This week’s Healthy Workplace Month theme focuses on Eating Well at Work. Read more for resources on finding a Dietitian, analyzing your eating habits, or learning more about “Taking Back the Lunch Break!”
Workplace Wellness Facts:
- 52% of Canadians are either obese or overweight.
- Digestive problems – eating small, frequent meals consisting of high-fibre and lower-fat foods and drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water each day can help.
- Huge portions served in restaurants and cafeterias, and packaged foods are often 3–4 times larger than the standard recommended size. Choose the smaller serving size, eat only ½ of the portion you order, share with a friend, ask for a “doggie bag, or order a kid’s meal size.
Ask a Dietitian
Many local grocery stores have Dietitians on-site that will provide cooking classes or supermarket tours. Dietitians will take participants on a ‘food label reading’ tour and learn more about what is in the food we eat and why this is important to their health. Beyond food labels, Dietitians offer a wide variety of services including nutrition counseling for individuals or groups, writing, presentations, menu development, and nutrient analysis. The Dietitians of Canada provides a service to help the public access a registered dietitian. Click here to find a Dietitian in your area!
Eating Well at Work Habits
Learn what you are eating, and change nutrition habits. How much water do you drink? Are you getting enough protein? How often do you eat? How frequently do you take a proper lunch break? Learn how to track food intake and self-monitor your nutrition habits. Use eaTracker to check your food and activity choices, analyze your recipes and plan your meals. Set goals and track your progress, provided by Dietitians of Canada!
Take Back The Lunch Break!
Eat a healthy meal away from your desk. Celebrate Take Back the Lunch Break! Encourage co-workers to get away from work during lunch, eat with friends, or go for a quick walk. Build awareness about the benefits. Taking a break will often make you more creative and productive.