Here at UFV, we want to educate and support the health of our employees and their families by creating a healthy workplace. This includes combining education and recreational activities that are designed to promote a healthier lifestyle while at home and at work.
The information is for general educational purposes only and is not substitute for advice provided to you by your doctor. The recommendations provided are not pertinent to every person; any decisions related to diet and/or health should be discussed with your physician and registered dietitian.
Workplace Health Tips:
- Provide healthy food at meetings
- Eat three balanced meals a day, or five smaller ones
- Bring fruit as snacks
- Drink more water
- Move every 30 minutes taking the opportunity to stretch, stand up, and walk during these breaks - Download stretches you can do at your desk!
- Properly set up your work station
- Maintain good posture
- Bike to work
- Walk with a friend over the lunch hour, or walk to speak with co-worker rather than using the telephone
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Park at the farthest end of the parking lot
- Sign up for one of the FREE Employee Development Centre's Fitness Classes at lunch or take a walk around the campus
- Strive to keep a work-life balance
Following these tips and increasing physical activity will:
- Deliver more oxygen and nutrients to your brain and muscles which enhances clear thinking and moving
- Reduce the risk of stress and work related injuries
- Reduce feelings of stress and anxiety
- Improve self-esteem, quality of sleep, immune system and general health
Consequences of sitting for long periods:
- Circulation decreases
- Muscles (specifically back and neck) tighten leading to stiffness and cramping
- Muscle tightness may lead to fatigue and increase risk of injury
Brown-Bag-It to Work
One of the first steps to creating a healthier lunch is to take the time to make your own. By incorporating the four basic food groups (grains, vegetables & fruits, milk products, meat & alternatives) you can design a meal that is not only fulfilling but one that also meets all your nutritional needs. Alternating sandwiches with a variety of hearty soups or creating a custom salad with all your favourite fruits and vegetables may be a great option for those seeking a change from the traditional PB&J!