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Wellness in The Workplace – Have Heart @ Work!!

608 days ago
Wellness in The Workplace – Have Heart @ Work!!

An Article by Lauren Pietersen for heartfoundation.co.za

Most of us are familiar with The Biggest Loser, a television series centering on overweight people attempting to lose weight and live a healthy way of life. This is what the Heart and Stroke Foundation(HSFSA) has been implementing within South Africa since 1980 –although not to such extremes, we also aim to empower not only the individuals out there, but all communities, in order to create a future where South Africans adopt healthy lifestyles (including attaining a healthy body weight) to reduce the number of people who suffer or die from heart disease and stroke.

When it comes to the workplace, we have a great solution for Corporate Wellness with ourHealthy Hearts @ Work Canteen Programme as well as the assistance of Corporate Wellness Days or events through our Screening Programme. With an estimated 56% of women and 29% of men being overweight and obese in South Africa, corporate wellness should be a top priority, especially as a healthy employee has improved productivity, reduced absenteeism, increased morale as well as improved cardiovascular health (a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke), which decreases medical costs. “Many of us spend over half of our waking hours at work” explains Shan Biesman-Simons, Director of Nutrition and Education at the HSFSA, “so the workplace is the ideal setting to encourage behaviour changes to minimise a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease.”However, a new independent research commissioned by the World Heart Federation found that nearly a third (32%) of employees feel that their workplace actually hinders their ability to lead a healthy lifestyle. World Heart Day (celebrated on the 26th of September) has just taken place, making this the perfect time for you to take the initiative today!

The top 5 tips to get you started:
1. Initiate a walking club for you and your colleagues.
2. Pack a wholesome lunch box in the evenings before work with leftovers from dinner.
3. Steer clear of the vending machine by ensuring you always bring a healthy snack to
work, such as fresh fruit or a handful of nuts and raisins in your desk drawer.
4. Keep a bottle or jug of water with a glass on your desk to remind you to stay hydrated. A
few lemon (or other fruit) slices and even mint leaves are great for added taste without
the calories.
5. Take another route in the mornings to stay clear of that corner café or fast food outlet!

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