Guest Blog by Gail Bennett, Director of the Well City Milwaukee Initiative
One of my great weaknesses is taking time to eat healthy during the busy workday. If a colleague (bless their heart) brings in a delicious sweet treat to share, it is also very difficult for me to pass it by and choose a salad or piece of fruit – especially when stressed.
I am very fortunate that I do not suffer from obesity or diabetes but I can always feel the effects of a poor diet on my productivity and concentration. In Wisconsin, 500,000 people do have diabetes, and more than a million have pre-diabetes. These trends, coupled with the obesity epidemic, are increasing due to poor eating habits and lack of physical activity.
Friends, we are all in this together. We all need to help each other become and stay healthy at home, in our communities, in our places of worship and mostly at work, where we spend over 36% of our waking hours.
Supporting healthy eating at work is the best place to start if we want to create healthy communities. Encouraging healthy eating at work also helps us all keep a safe and “temptation-free” environment for those who suffer from diabetes.
Employers involved in the Well City Milwaukee worksite wellness movement have implemented strategies that are now proving to lower risks for diabetes and other chronic conditions among their employees while having fun.
Here are 10 simple ideas to help promote healthy eating at work:
There are many free resources available to help you with your organization’s employee wellness program. Check out these out:
Let’s all work together to create the healthy & vibrant Milwaukee that we all desire.