Minor changes help employees be more healthy



Keeping things like fresh fruits, nuts and yogurt in the office can help employees stay on track with their weight-loss goals.


Barely into the new year and for many employees weight-loss goals are already falling victim to the fast-food specials simply because they feel they have no time to eat healthy meals.

With deadlines piling up and e-mails pouring in, many employees figure there are really only two choices: Eat whatever is quick, easy and often high in cholesterol, or skip lunch altogether while keying away at the cubicle. However, there are a few more options being overlooked.

Programs like Weight Watchers’ At Work come into the workplace and helps employees address weight loss with meetings on good nutrition and private weigh-ins held in the workplace.

“For many people who are busy juggling work and family responsibilities, having programs like this available in the workplace is their best chance at dealing with their weight control issues because it can work with one’s schedule,” says Karen Miller-Kovach, lead scientist at Weight Watchers International.

Duriell Bernard is the president of Precision Fitness, a mobile personal training company which visits both the home and the workplace. He says little changes to a person’s routine can help set them in the right direction for better health. “It’s easy to keep a case of water bottles at work or to buy in bulk easy-to-store at the office items, like fruits and vegetables, nuts, raisins, nutrition bars or low fat yogurt so that in the morning you don’t even have to think about it because your lunch and mid-day snacks are already waiting for you at the office,” says Bernard.

Many employees, according to Bernard, complain about not having the time for a workout during the day. He says small changes can assist in getting your body used to better cardiovascular conditioning throughout the day.

“It doesn’t have to be a sweaty hour and a half at the gym to start to see or feel results. If you give yourself a bit more time, try using the stairs instead of the elevator, or try, if possible, walking at a brisk pace to work, or even a quick stroll during lunch. Even a 10-to-15 minute stroll three to five times a week can make a difference,” says Bernard.

When it comes to fitness, starting small is better than not starting at all. “Lack of time might be our No. 1 excuse when it comes to not working out, but not working out coupled with poor eating habits can increase chances of illness and decreases employee productivity, creativity, focus and energy,” says Bernard.

For more on wellness at work visit www.precisionfitness.caor www.weightwatchers.com.