By: Mission Healthy Living
May 18, 2015
Among many observances happening during May, perhaps the most significant is Employee Health & Fitness Month (EHFM). Created by two non-profit organizations, the National Association for Health and Fitness and ACTIVE Life, EHFM is dedicated to promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to employers and their employees through worksite health promotion activities and environments, according to the Association’s website.
Don’t have an established worksite wellness program at your place of employment? Here are some ideas to get you started towards leading a healthier lifestyle and creating a better work environment together with your co-workers and supervisors.
Rid the office of junk food: Ditch the candy dish, clean out your snack drawer and stock the office fridge with fresh fruit, veggies and other healthy food choices. When ordering out for meetings or work events, try to stay away from fast, greasy food out of convenience and instead try ordering healthier options for the office to enjoy. Of course, there’s no harm in indulging in a little chocolate every now and then!
Get up: Take a break from sitting at your desk or in conference rooms and instead have your meetings outside. Participate in the new Mercury Mile and become a business in motion, networking with area organizations and getting some fresh air and exercise during a typical sedentary work day.
Do fun things together: Encourage and empower your co-workers to lead a healthy lifestyle in and outside of the work environment. Make it fun — create a friendly competition for points or maybe even perks like days off or slipper day in the office. Team up and lean on each other for support as you all try to be healthier with each passing day. Join a weekly fitness class with your co-workers, work out together before or after work, try out healthy recipes together, plant a garden and grow your own food together, etc. Having a buddy who will hold you accountable will help motivate you and push you to do the best you can and stick with it even when you feel like giving up.