3 reasons why you should include Nutrition in your workplace wellbeing program

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Everyone wants to live longer and work smarter however, do we slow down enough to consider how our lifestyle is impacting our health, how its impacting our performance?

Actually, I will rephrase that, do we know how to slow down?

Chronic disease is usually a result of lengthy exposure to unhealthy lifestyle behaviours such as smoking, alcohol use, lack of physical activity and overconsumption of highly processed foods. Living in this fast-paced environment increases risk factors for conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and anxiety.

Lifestyle medicine, or as RCSI, Royal College of Surgeons, nicely phrased it, a “Whole Person Approach” to wellbeing focuses very much on health being personal and influenced by many factors beyond just physical actions. The four pillars of health, popularised by Dr Rangan Chatterjee, are largely agreed as movement, self-awareness, diet and sleep. This comes from much research looked into the countries considered to be living the longest but highest quality of life.

Excitedly in the nutrition world we’ve moved beyond RDA’s, Recommended Daily Allowances and food pyramids into a new era of personalised nutrition. There are many ways to say this but the simple facts behind the message is that we now know that ‘one size does not fit all’. While we typically eat in response to hunger, we have learned that there are many determinants of food choice. Interventions suggested by Ciall Health take all these factors into account because we are on a mission to support people to truly feel and preform at their best.

The health of your gut has a huge impact on your overall health. Much research is currently being done on how important the gut microbiome is to overall health and bodily function. Of particular interest, is how our gut influences us at the neurological level through the gut-brain axis. Significant research, including the groundbreaking SMILES Trial, demonstrates the significance of the impact of food on our mood.

Gulia Enders, author of Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ, states that our diet is the single most influential factor for gut health. Check out her thought provoking TED Talk here.

An interesting study in The British Journal of Health Psychology found that people who consume more fruits and vegetables tend to be happier, more engaged, and more creative at work. This shows us that there is a strong connection between healthy eating and how we perform at work.

Ciall Health support employees health goals by addressing the physiology through personalised nutrition which will produce benefits in their mind, happiness and performance. If you missed our GUT webinar, you can always email us at info@ciallhealth.ie for the recording.

Absenteeism puts pressure on productivity and profitability. Employee morale drops as employees face extra pressure supporting the absenteeism which may lead to a drop in overall service levels.

IBEC claims the cost to the Irish economy is €1.5 billion, the equivalent to approximately 14 million working days.

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) published research found that stress, anxiety and depression were the most common reasons for absence.

Investing in comprehensive wellbeing programmes, according to the CDC, can increase productivity. Healthier employees are less likely to be out of work sick or supporting dependents as overall they engage in health behaviours that promote wellbeing like regular physical activity and cooking nutritious meals.

Investing in a workplace nutrition programme, positively impacts attendance at work, helping to reduce rates of lifestyle-related conditions like heart disease and diabetes, but also presenteeism, which means the ability to perform tasks without being adversely affected by conditions/symptoms.

Ciall Health provides an opportunity for employees to consult onsite with a nutritionist, a nutrition coach or a life coach to develop a plan for eating and living healthier.

Work engagement is considered to be positive and fulfilling feelings about ones job.?? The more engaged an employee is, the more productive they are and the better the staff morale.

Covid-19 forced changes in the work environment, which has impacted morale and productivity as stress levels soar as we deal with many unknowns and change. Stress and anxiety are at unprecedented levels and it is understandable that we would notice a rise in unhealthy eating patterns.

Stress causes the adrenal glands to release the hormone cortisol, which increase appetite and the motivation to eat. When employee’s stress persists cortisol may stay elevated and we get stuck in a permanent stress response. Stressed people eat more, lose sleep, move less and drink more which have been identified as significant contributing factors to chronic lifestyle disease.

Supporting your employees to learn how to manage their stress/eating cycle and to develop new coping mechanism for building resilience to everyday stresses can be instrumental in changing the atmosphere in your workplace for the better

An interesting 2020 study looked to connect work engagement and healthy eating patterns. The study found that as participants increased their intake of good fats, fibre and folate and reduced saturated fats and salt they were more engaged at work, with engagement being measured on a version of the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (UWES‐9).

We offer webinars to educate and support actual realisation of health goals for digestive wellbeing, hormonal health/balancing your energy, female health, immune system, emotional eating support and sports nutrition.

Ciall Health believes that every organisation has the potential to create a corporate culture of health that will influence workplace morale and the success of their business. We help individuals and organisations to make the simple sustainable changes that lead to happier and more productive working lives.