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May is Employee Health and Fitness Month

May is Employee Health and Fitness Month, an observance of health and fitness in the workplace, presented by two non-profit organizations, the National Association for Health and Fitness and Active Life. The goal is to promote and educate about healthy lifestyles.

Did you know that there's a clear relationship between food and your state of mind? When you combine strategies for eating regularly with foods that may have a positive effect on your well-being, you can plan meals that may help you to feel better.

Eating healthy is important to not only your physical health, but your mental well-being too. Incorporating a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy foods, and lean meats, poultry, and fish into your diet can help you stay healthy and energized. Along with exercising regularly and getting enough sleep, eating a well-balanced diet can do wonders for your mental well-being.  Now that is something to feel happy about!

In addition to healthy eating, exercise has more benefits than you may think. Many people know that it helps to control your weight and reduce your risk of heart disease, but did you know that it can also reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers? Exercise also has non-physical benefits: it can improve your mood and mental health. Research has shown that regular exercise can not only reduce your risk of depression and help you sleep better but that it can also help to retain your judgment, thinking and learning skills as you get older.

If creating an exercise habit has been difficult for you in the past, it is still possible. Try setting a small, modest goal, such as exercising two or three times a week, or parking your car farther from the front door. Once you have mastered smaller goals, you can increase them. Pairing your exercise time with a reminder can be helpful as well; for example, leaving your sneakers in front of your bed, or putting your gym bag on the front seat of your car. Finding new ways to exercise may help. For example, going to gym may not appeal to you but perhaps you would enjoy ballroom dancing. Maybe an activity-based game such as Wii or an interesting app will be more entertaining for you. (Harvard Health Publications, 2017).

Make sure that you are medically cleared before starting any exercise routine; consult with your doctor, particularly if you have health concerns.

For more information on healthy eating:

Eating for a Healthy Heart

Healthy Eating

How Food Affects Your Mood

Your Brain on Food  

You Are What You Eat

Also visit the EAP webpage on healthy eating

For more information on exercise:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Physical Activity and Health

National Association for Health and Fitness: Global Employee Health and Fitness Month

American Psychological Association: The Exercise Effect

From Harvard Health Publications; HelpGuide:

How to Start Exercising and Stick to It

How to Create an Effective Fitness Routine

How to Start a Walking Program

What’s the Best Exercise Plan for Me?

Also visit the EAP webpage on Physical Activity.

 

Contact your Benefits Office to inquire about fitness discounts available to employees of your entity.

For more information or to discuss health and wellbeing concerns, please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP.

In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service. 



 


This content was last modified on: 05/08/2017

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