POST TIME: 8 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Eat healthy in workplace
Consider replacing sodas with milk, juice, and stocking snack machines with nuts, dried fruit, and other healthy options
Fahmida Hashem

Eat healthy in workplace

A healthy workplace complements this by supporting the health and wellbeing of employees. A workplace health programme refers to activities undertaken in the workplace. Public health strategies place increasing emphasis on opportunities to promote healthy behaviours’ within the workplace setting. The workplace directly influences the physical, mental, economic and social well-being of workers and in turn the health of their families, communities and society.

The World Health Promotion Programme (WHPP) deals with various factors affecting employee health such as poor and stress working conditions, unclear work roles, lack of career development and conflicts between work, family and leisure. Currently nearly all public sector organizations have an ongoing (WHPP) in many countries.

Wellness programmes are linked to greater productivity, less absenteeism, and a reduction of long-term health care costs. Offer your employees healthy meal and snack options that help fuel their performance while also meeting their nutritional needs. Review the cafeteria menu in organizations to replace unhealthy food with healthier choices. Consider replacing sodas with milk, juice, and stocking snack machines with nuts, dried fruit, and other healthy options and be sure the office cafeteria has plenty of healthy meal options.

Productivity at work can get greatly affected by your physical and mental health. Many people suffer symptoms such as anxiety, depression, stress, and confused thinking, which influence them in all areas of life including work. When a person is sick, it affects productivity.

Many people are working at a computer for most of their day, and fresh fruit that requires peeling or cutting can be difficult to eat. Hand-held snacks like dried fruit can be an alternative, which will fight fatigue, anxiety and stress, and leave the employees feeling good long after the meeting is over.

This is particularly relevant to the NHS, where many employees are involved directly in advising the general public about health. The success of any company depends heavily on the productivity and performance of its employees and it may also help create a positive corporate image.

Regular or continuous stress weakens the immune system, increases and slows the healing process. Foods that are fresh, whole, naturally colorful and rich in nutrients support your vitality, energy levels, and improve physical, mental, and emotional health. But far, far less energy has been spent on the relationship between diet and productivity or performance in the workplace.

Many of us have to take care of elderly parents and children, when the demands of dealing with an ill family member begin to affect workplace performance, we must seek help and support. Stress is often not avoidable, but health and fitness are factors which can be controlled.

The business community needs the medical community to integrate wellness into the workplace. However, the medical community also needs the business community. Business-medical partnership opens a new path to achieving a greater balance between health and workplace productivity.

What works based on what we know, barriers and facilitators to creating healthy workplaces, and major knowledge gaps that must be addressed if we are to successfully advance a healthy work place agenda. Many companies offer help to employees through medical insurance, sick days, leaves of absences, if the work environment takes into consideration that people can and do get ill, it shows that companies are responsive to their employees and regard them as people, not robots.

We should share an understanding that a healthy work environment not only benefits employees through improved health and wellness but also benefits customers, shareholders and communities take a comprehensive approach to promoting health and wellness. We should provide gym facilities, healthy snacks, and biometric screening system, arrange health related seminar, free nutrition consultancy in our workplaces.  

Both corporations and employees have a responsibility for creating a healthful workplace. Bringing employer-sponsored health promotion to national attention can be accomplished in several ways.

We need more attention which should be directed at understanding the value of workplace health promotion programs in achieving long-term improvements in the health and well-being of Bangladeshis.

Workplace health promotion programmes are an efficient approach to improving the health of a relatively large group of individuals because worksite interventions are more convenient and accessible to workers and often less expensive than off-site programs. To achieve an optimal balance of health, health promotion programmes are designed to help individuals maintain and improve their health at every stage of life, helping them live longer and healthier and be more productive throughout their lifetime. The World Health Organization (WHO) established the workplace as a priority setting for health promotion, highlighting benefits to the organization as well as to the employee.

At first, though, the major knowledge gaps need to be identified. There  needs to be a clear alignment of goals and incentives among the diverse players in the health reform landscape, including employers , providers, health plans, pharmaceutical companies, health device manufacturers, public entities, communities, and government. All of these stakeholders essentially seek to promote public health and prevent disease, and accomplish this in a cost-effective way.

 Personal well-being and a stress-free work atmosphere are important aspects for achieving success and productivity at the workplace. Governments can play an important role by serving as a clearinghouse for such information, treating it as a ‘public good’ and freely disseminating it.

The writer is Chief Consulting nutritionist, Miss Nutritionist (Weight Management Centre)