Employee Wellness Blog

Your Guide to a Healthy Night Out

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Mar 20, 2017

Everyone deserves a fun night out! Going out to eat is a great way to de-stress and socialize with your friends and loved ones. Unfortunately, dining out can lead to a lot of temptation to make unhealthy choices.

If you’re making an effort to eat a healthy, balanced diet, you may feel guilty for going out to eat or just avoid it altogether. However, if you plan healthy choices ahead of time, a fun night out won’t sabotage your healthy eating goals.

Here’s your guide to a healthy night out:

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Host a Healthy Office Potluck

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Office potlucks are a great way to bring your employees and team together – who doesn’t love to bond over food? Unfortunately, regular potlucks, birthday celebrations, and holidays aren’t the best for healthy choices at the office. With cupcakes, soda, chips, and other junk food filling up most of the table, employees are tempted to overindulge.

However, an office potluck doesn’t have to be synonymous with unhealthy eating. Hosting a healthier version of an office potluck is an excellent way to encourage healthy eating among employees. Read on to learn how your employees will benefit from a healthy potluck and some ideas on how to make it healthy and delicious: 

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How to Meal Prep for Your Workweek

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Mar 13, 2017

Leading a busy life can make eating healthy challenging. After all, eating well takes time and effort that might seem like too much to fit in your schedule. But what if we told you that this effort would only cost you about two hours a week or less? Meet your ultimate workweek solution: meal prep.

Meal prepping is a total game-changer when it comes to eating healthy. It makes positive nutritional choices convenient and appealing throughout a busy workweek. Plus, it will keep you from picking up fast food over a lunch break because you'll already have a fresh, delicious meal ready to pop into the microwave! 

If meal prepping isn’t currently part of your routine, it probably seems like an inconvenient and daunting task, but we promise it’s not! Once you get into the swing of things, meal prepping will become a weekly routine that you won’t be able to live without, and it will help you eat well during and after a chaotic day at the office.

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How to Encourage Healthy Eating in Your Employee Wellness Program

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Mar 09, 2017

Sometimes there’s a fine line between what you should and shouldn’t encourage your employees to do. After all, you’re a part of their work life, so you shouldn’t go traipsing into their personal life too much. That doesn’t mean you can't care about their well-being in all aspects of life. 

So, how do you address something like a healthy diet? Here are some ideas that can help you encourage healthy eating without being too pushy!

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Surprising Signs That You Are Eating Too Much Sugar

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Mar 06, 2017

You know you’re supposed to limit added sugar in your diet, but even if you steer clear of M&M's and donuts chances are you’re eating more sugar than you think. The scariest part about sugar is that it’s hidden in a lot of everyday foods. Even when we think we are eating healthy, we may be consuming way too much added sugar. According to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day is:

Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons)

Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons)

*Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

With most Americans tripling or even quadrupling this recommend intake of sugar, it’s not uncommon to be addicted to sugar. Check out these warning signs below to determine if you’re eating too much sugar:

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7 Healthy Eating Habits That Will Change the Way You Eat

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Mar 02, 2017

When we think of eating healthy, most of us only focus on what types of foods we are consuming. We often forget that a major part of eating healthy starts with forming healthy eating habits. To eat more nutritious food, you may need to change some of your daily habits. But don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it sounds!

Forming healthy eating habits will actually make it easier for you to eat healthily and go back to enjoying eating, rather than getting anxious about every meal. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just eat a healthier, balanced diet, forming these habits will help you achieve your goals and feel more confident about your eating habits:

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Eat. Move. Live. (A Breakdown of Our Wellness Program Philosophy)

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Feb 27, 2017

When it comes to living a healthy and happier life, there are many conflicting messages out there that may confuse your employees or make them feel like a healthy lifestyle isn’t achievable. However, we want to help you make wellness simple, effective, and practical for your employees. To do this, we recommend three key pillars for employers to focus on: eat, move, and live.

Eat, move, and live are three pillars of focus that we believe will make a positive impact on your employees’ health and overall life. Employers should educate employees on the positive benefits of eating healthy, being physical active, and making healthy choices–for both the body and mind.

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Key Numbers for Heart Health

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Did you know that numbers could save your life? Sure, you probably know “911” as the ultimate life-saving number, but your health numbers are just as important to know by heart!

When it comes to measuring individual health, knowing your numbers helps you take control of your health and your life. These key numbers help you assess your risk for serious illnesses, such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.  

Unfortunately, many of us are uninformed about our health numbers and why they are so important. A recent study by Cleveland Clinic shows that many Americans worry about dying of heart disease, but are unaware of their basic risk levels. For example, nearly half (46%) of those surveyed knew their bank account balance, while just 18% could state their body mass index and only 38% knew their blood pressure.

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12 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Heart

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Feb 02, 2017

Happy heart month! For such an important muscle, hearts are ignored all too often. Don’t you think your heart deserves some recognition for its loyal, steady beat and for supplying blood to all of your organs? We think so! The month of February is a great time to put your focus back on your heart and help yourself set goals for a heart healthy year.

Below are a few fun and interesting facts about your heart to help you appreciate just how important your heart–and heart health–really is:

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11 Healthy Hobbies You Can Start Today

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Jan 30, 2017

Practicing a lifestyle of holistic wellness includes more than eating right and working out. It also includes making time for yourself and doing what you love. Spending your down time on your favorite hobbies benefits your overall wellbeing in many ways.  

According to a 2015 study, engaging in leisure activities was defined as “self-selected, self-rewarding behavioral pursuits that take place during non-work time.” Participants in this study who engaged in leisure activities were found to be happier, less bored, less stressed, and had lower heart rates. Leisure activities were also implied to be a great way to increase productivity and job performance, as they help boost creativity and give your brain a much-needed break.

There are plenty of healthy hobbies besides going to the gym that are great for your health and wellness. Here are 11 healthy hobbies that you can start today to boost your wellbeing:

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