National Nutrition Month Workplace Wellness Tips, Infographics From HES
HES, world leader in workplace wellness campaigns, has released tips and infographics for wellness program leaders featuring nutrition myth-busting tips and produce-promoting strategies targeting employees and families.
Too Much of a Good Thing
Health experts point to large portion sizes as a major culprit. Packaged foods and recipes promoted as healthy or organic tend to cause the health halo effect — where people believe they can eat unlimited quantities: It's good for me. Truth is, even highly nutritious foods contribute to excess calories and health problems if you polish off more than you need. More fruits and vegetables, for example, won't promote weight loss unless they replace less-nutritious, higher-calorie foods.
Food Lies and Misperceptions
Choosing organic produce — especially items on the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen list — is a good idea for reducing exposure to pesticides and food additives as well as minimizing environmental impact. But evidence is mixed regarding clear nutrition benefit. Superfoods are all the rage, but adding them to a traditional high-fat, high-sodium, or sugary dish doesn't magically make it "healthy." And while a small percentage of people have a documented medical reason for going gluten free, many do so because they believe it's a beneficial dietary change; for most, it's not.
"Countering well-meaning but misguided nutrition beliefs and behaviors in the workplace can be an uphill battle," notes Dean Witherspoon, HES CEO and founder. Clever marketing tactics prey on the consumer's desire for a magic nutrition bullet: If I just eat more of that, or take this supplement, or cut this entire food group out of my diet, I'll lose weight for good. And people don't like to admit they've been duped. "We created these infographics to give wellness leaders simple, inexpensive, easy-to-implement ideas for clearing up nutrition myths and promoting healthy eating."
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HES creates employee well-being programs for organizations in North America and throughout the world. More than 20 engaging wellness campaigns have been adopted by thousands of organizations — serving millions of participants. For more information, visit hesonline.com or call 800.326.2317. Learn more about HES wellness campaigns, white papers, SlideShare presentations, and Well-Being Practitioner journal at hesonline.com.
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