Healthy Eating Statement
Poor diet is responsible for over half of all coronary heart disease (CHD) and also contributes to stroke, hypertension, osteoporosis, obesity, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and some cancers. It is estimated that 70,000 premature deaths in the UK could be prevented each year if UK diets matched nutritional guidelines. If current trends continue, levels of working age adults who are overweight or obese will rise to approximately 90% in men and 80% in women by 2050 . Furthermore, what we eat and drink not only affects weight and health but performance too. Eating regular, well-balanced meals and drinking plenty of water will improve overall wellbeing, while increasing alertness and concentration levels – meaning benefits for both employer and employee.
Staff health and wellbeing is of paramount importance and our organisation strives to create an environment in which staff members feel valued and supported to maintain good health and wellbeing as part of an effective work-life balance. Our company understands the numerous benefits associated with healthy eating and as such we aim to break down barriers to healthy options, provide support and encourage all employees to make healthier food choices both during and outside the working day.
Any workplace initiatives will be entirely optional and done with the intent of being supportive. Those who do not wish to engage or are unable to do so, during or outside the working day, will not be criticised, judged or professionally disadvantaged in any way and no punitive action will ever be taken on these grounds.
NHS Choices: Information, advice, hints and tips on healthy eating, diet and lifestyle. The comprehensive range of articles includes recipes, meal plans, weight loss advice, information on digestive disorders and links to further sources of information.
The British Heart Foundation: Information pages from the BHF including healthy eating tips for the working day, how to stay hydrated at work and how to get the most from a lunch-break.
Mental Health Foundation: Diet and mental health section of the website has some great information on food and mood and the types of foods which help and hinder good mental health and wellbeing, which is really important for a good day at work.
Benefits of a Healthy Diet: