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The 2017 Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge This holiday season, the only thing that should be “stuffed” is the turkey.  Many Americans gain between 1 and 5 pounds each holiday season. While it may not sound like much, most people never manage to lose these extra pounds. You are invited to join the 11th annual Holiday Challenge. Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE seven-week challenge provides you with tips, tricks, and ideas to… Continue reading »

Incorporating a few minutes of activity into your workday is a great way to get an energy boost, to decompress and refocus, or to simply stretch out your joints if you begin to feel stiff. Sitting for prolonged periods of can lead to the development of several chronic diseases, so it is important to incorporate as much movement throughout your day as possible. Listed below are 8 simple ways to move more at work. These small changes can make a big difference… Continue reading »

Activity at work is a great way to boost employee energy, morale, and team work. Incorporating active minutes at work is especially important for professionals that spend most of their days sitting. Prolonged sedentary time increases the chance of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Daily bouts of movement can reduce disease risk.1 Active meetings increase focus and cognitive performance. Below are a few creative ways to hold active meetings: If the weather is nice, ditch the conference room and… Continue reading »

Employees participate in wellness challenges for a lot of different reasons. A strong wellness program or challenge should include components that incorporate many of those reasons. Provide Opportunities to Make Healthy Changes Screenings, wellness challenges, wellness fairs, and disseminating health-related information via company networks are good starting places to help employees be more aware of their health and have concrete steps to take to improve it. Healthy changes could be personal, environmental, or policy changes. WorkWell NC does a great job of… Continue reading »

Participating in team wellness challenges has been a great way to help me to remember to move before, during, and after the work day. Our walking team (Shamrock n’ Roll) recently won the latest NC Wellness Miles for Wellness walking challenge in the Super Hare division.  Each person walked 182 steps more a day than the members of the 2nd place team. That doesn’t seem like a lot of steps does it? But when I look back on where we started 1 1/2 years… Continue reading »

Providing healthy options at team meetings is a great first step to creating an environment conducive to healthy behaviors. Having nutritious meal options at the office can also influence employees to begin to think about how they can incorporate meal alternatives in their personal lives. Below is a list of meal items that can help you determine how to swap or alter traditional meal offerings at your next team gathering. Beverages: Have water available. Adding fresh citrus and cucumber slices… Continue reading »

The Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program focuses on mindful eating, or choosing and savoring food without distractions such as computers or television. Mindfulness is paying attention to your surroundings and being present in the moment, eating with awareness and only eating when eating – not watching television or working on the computer. For example, if we are going to eat a food that is very high in calories, we would only eat one or two bites, but we… Continue reading »

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has created a simple screening tool that we use on the Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes website to help people consider their risk for prediabetes. Below is background information on why these questions are included and how they relate to your potential risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Let me start by saying that researchers and doctors don’t absolutely know with 100% certainty why some people develop prediabetes and… Continue reading »

A workplace is great starting point for employee health improvement. When a culture of wellness exists, healthy behaviors become the norm in a work environment. The presence of this type of culture can improve the outcomes of a corporate wellness program due to the supportive and reinforcing environment. A workplace that possesses a culture of wellness supports these attributes to overall health: Physical activity and exercise efforts are supported Healthy foods are offered Emotional health is valued Importance of preventive… Continue reading »

Facilitating a corporate wellness program for your organization can be overwhelming. Especially if you work in Human Resources and already wear a thousand different hats. Creating a wellness program can seem like just one extra chore to add to your list, and it can often fall by the waist side. Partnering with Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less and Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes can alleviate many challenges that come with implementing a wellness program. Some of the benefits… Continue reading »