How important is good nutrition and hydration to you?
It may sound like the basics but ensuring you have a balanced diet and good hydration is important to managing your health & wellbeing.
A great place to check your diet is the NHS Eatwell guide. This guide explains what a balanced diet looks like and how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet.
It can be easy to overlook but choosing healthy drink options are vital as part of a balanced diet.
To stay hydrated we need at least 6-8 glasses of water, you can also include lower fat milk and sugar-free drinks, including tea and coffee. It is important to encourage your employees to stay hydrated throughout the day because it will improve their mental performance and cognition. Staying hydrated can help combat tiredness and fatigue which can increase attention and productivity at work.
Nutrition and Hydration in the Workplace
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it helps fuel the body. It is important that we start our day with adequate fuel to get our day going.
When you start your day right you have more energy and increased concentration levels and focus.
Do your employees bring their lunch to work with them, use the staff canteen or go elsewhere?
If there is a café or a canteen at work, it is important to ensure there are plenty of nutritious and healthy choices for your employees to choose from.
Another important factor is time. Do your employees use their lunch hour to take a break and eat their lunch away from their desk?
It is important to take a break, this will make food more enjoyable, ensure proper digestion and allow for food absorption which will result in staying fuller for longer.
Healthy snacks and meals that include nuts, dark chocolate, and whole grains can improve brain function, energy levels and ensure your employees stay fuller for longer.
As an employer what can you do to ensure your employees eat well?
- Provide free fruit bowls in common areas
- Healthy and balanced options in canteens
- Time in the day to ensure your employees can eat their lunch
- Water machines
- Provide water bottles
- Tailored health and wellbeing advice from experts
By Merilyn Muradzi- Registered Nutritionist (AFN)
Health and Wellbeing Adviser
Get in touch to find out how you can help improve your employees health & wellbeing.