Diet & Nutrition

Physical health and a reduced risk of chronic disease are related to maintaining a healthy weight and eating nutritious foods. Therefore, many wellness programs focus on these components. Biggest loser competitions in work places or within the community encourage participants to lose weight through group support and rewards. Typically, these programs meet weekly and host a weigh-in. At the end of an 8- or 12-week program the person losing the highest percentage of his body weight wins. Lunch and Learn classes, Employee Wellness Program, educate participants about proper nutrition and health through seminars offered during convenient times of the day.

We provide a range of nutrition, physio, clinical, behavioural change consultancy services to the corporate market. These services are tailor made to suit individual client requirements. A sample of the type of corporate services provided can be summarised as follows:

Employee Focused

  • Health and wellbeing Lunch and Learn Talks. This may be a once off seminar or a series of presentations on various aspects of health and nutrition relevant to your workplace employees.
  • Facilitated health and nutrition workshops.
  • Assisting in the organisation of in-house nutrition campaigns and initiatives.
  • Individual body composition analysis using medically approved bioelectrical impedance scales.
  • Cookery and nutrition demonstrations.
  • Company Challenge – a weight loss programme over 7 weeks for employees, led by a qualified dietitian with motivation and nutrition tips, healthy recipes and body composition analysis.

Body Composition Analysis

Weighing yourself at home tells you very little. It doesn’t take into account your age, your gender or even you height? So how do you know if it’s the right weight for you? We can help you on this.
Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) is an essential tool to monitor progress of body composition changes. I use a medically accredited Tanita scales in Medfit which allows us to track and monitor changes in your body composition as you become fitter and/or lose weight.

When you stand on a Tanita body composition monitor, your feet will be positioned on the four metal electrodes. A very low, safe electrical signal will be sent through your body. The signal passes quickly through the water held in hydrated muscle tissue but meets resistance when it meets fat tissue. This resistance, also known as ‘impedance’, is measured and set against gender, age and height and input into scientifically validated equations that will calculate body composition measurements. Measures analysed include weight, body mass index (BMI), percentage body fat, visceral fat, muscle mass and metabolic age. All individuals will be provided with an individual printout of their result.

Catering Focused

  • Recipe analysis in staff canteen and recommendations to improve existing recipes.
  • Full menu analysis with a breakdown of calories, fat, protein etc.
  • Assisting in the organisation of healthy eating weeks/months in workplaces.
  • Menu composition and development to cater for various nutritional concerns, for example, vegetarian diets, coeliac diets, heart healthy menus, diabetic diets, lactose and wheat intolerances and coping with food allergies.
  • Menu labelling.

Communications

  • We can help you communicate improvements and changes you have made to your organisation’s catering facilities.
  • Health and nutrition content and advice for company websites, newsletters, brochures etc.
  • Provision of recipes for staff intranet.

Workplace presentations

Topics for presentations can include any of the following, but presentations can be developed to cater for your company’s individual needs. Presentations can range from one hour sessions to half or full day workshops. These can take place on your company site or at an offsite.

  • Weight maintenance/loss
  • General healthy eating
  • Feeding your family (to cover eating for children, teenagers, elderly etc).
  • Nutrition for diabetics
  • Setting the table for heart health
  • 10 steps to wellness
  • Bone health and nutrition
  • Dietary approaches to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Setting healthy eating goals
  • Understanding food labels
  • Digestive health
  • Stress Management
  • Carbohydrates, fats and proteins: what role do they have in the body?
  • Sedentary Lifestyle
  • Chronic Diseases

Companies implement workplace wellness programs to improve the health of workers, increase productivity and decrease the costs related to health care and employee absenteeism.

Wellness incorporates all aspects of health, including the physical, mental, spiritual and environmental. Wellness programs are those that work to positively influence these areas of a person’s life to improve overall health and well-being. The term “wellness program” is most often associated with corporations and work-sites however wellness programs may also be offered through community organizations.

Smoking Cessation

Due to the smoking’s influence on so many people and because it is linked to many conditions and diseases, such as high blood pressure and lung cancer, smoking cessation programs are one of the most common wellness programs made available. Many employee wellness initiatives include a smoking cessation program because it can lead to lower health care costs for the corporation. Many businesses and community groups adopt already available resources to host smoking cessation programs, these programs typically involve setting a quit date and enlisting the support of friends and family. Classes that involve analyzing past failures, setting new goals and identifying the importance of quitting are often offered.

Work-Life Balance

One of the most influential factors in productivity at the workplace is the ability for a person to maintain a work-life balance. Stresses from one or the other can affect a person’s performance as both an employee and as a mother, father, wife or husband. Work-life balance programs can consist of seminars or actual services to employees. For example, guidance for seeking child care, elder care, time management and controlling stress are all topics that fall under this category. In addition, employers may offer financial assistance for care or flexibility in work schedules.

For further information, feel free to contact us at: support@myworkwell.com / 03 7733 8311

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