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Winter-Hibernation: Counteracting symptoms in the office
Feb 19, 2015
Workplace wellness programs are becoming more widespread throughout the country. HACAP believes that its employees are their most valuable assets and that healthy employees are happier and more productive.
HACAP Wellness Coordinator, Danielle Pershing has implemented beneficial activities into the workweek that have included: healthy potluck dinners, weekly Zumba and yoga classes, and healthy workplace challenges.
Recently Danielle partnered with Food Reservoir Director, Licensed and Registered Dietitian, Anissa Bourgeacq to present workshops to various HACAP sites and their clients as well as members of the community. Most recently they conducted a series of “Fooducate” workshops for teens at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. “Fooducate” focused on simple concepts for healthy eating and exercise. The lessons included implementing more whole grains and healthy protein into a diet and easy, yet effective, exercises that can be done at home without the need for pricey gyms or equipment. The program also provided games and prizes for the teens to make it a fun experience!
But it can’t always be fun and games when you are at work. Employees, especially our dedicated HACAP employees, spend most of the day focusing on providing the best service to our clients. We oftentimes are forced to put ourselves last. However, it is important for employees to take care of themselves. Dani and Anissa have provided the following tips for employees to help them easily maintain a good work/health balance.
- Ditch the junk. Empty your candy bowl and get rid of chips, crackers, and other unhealthy snacks stashed in your desk. The less you’re tempted by junk food, the healthier you’ll eat.
- Make time for meals. It’s easy to forget to eat when you’re slammed at the office. Block off 30 minutes each day to walk away from your desk and eat a healthy meal.
- Bring leftovers. Make an extra portion when you’re cooking dinner each night, and you’ll have a healthy lunch the next day.
- Keep snacks at your desk. Stock your desk drawer with dried fruit, packaged tuna, jerky, nuts, snack bars, and applesauce.
- Bring in a water bottle. Start each day with a full bottle of water at your desk and make an effort to drink water often starting first thing in the morning.
- Get up and move. Get up at least every hour and walk around. Walk to the printer; walk to ask a co-worker a question rather than email. Take a walk around the building. The more you move the more energized you will feel and the more you will be able to focus on your work.
For other fun wellness tips visit our YouTube channel.
From Left: Wellness Coordinator Danielle Pershing and Food Reservoir Director Anissa Bourgeacq.