IHA touts eat smart program

The Interior Health Authority’s registered dietitians want to inspire all workers to eat better

The Interior Health Authority’s registered dietitians want to inspire all workers to eat better and make other positive changes that support a healthier workplace.

“Studies show that eating healthy at work not only benefits workers, employers benefit too,” said Linda Boyd, a registered dietitian with the community nutrition program.

“Healthier employees can mean cost reductions in a company’s employee health insurance plans, fewer disability days, and a reduction in health-related lost productivity.”

Employers can support healthy eating at work by providing a refrigerator, microwave, and comfortable eating area for staff to have their meals. Offering healthy food and beverages at meetings and celebrating milestones with healthy choices like a fresh fruit bouquet help demonstrate an employer’s commitment to health.

Practical tips for planning healthy food at meetings and events can be found at Eat Smart – Meet Smart (www.health.gov.bc.ca/healthyeating/pdf/eat-smart-meet-smart.pdf ).

Many Canadian workers say eating healthy meals and snacks while at work can be challenging.

“One way of meeting this challenge is to make it, take it. There are many time saving and healthy choices you can make at home and bring to work,” said Boyd. “Drive past the drive-thru, don’t stop at your usual pastry and coffee pit stop; instead, make breakfast ahead.”

Boyd suggests pre-portioning individual servings of fruit and yogurt, or trail mix to grab n’ go as you head out the door.

If you are looking for more ideas check out the Cookspiration app (www.cookspiration.com) for recipes to suit your mood and schedule; download eaTracker  (eatracker.ca) to track your food and activity habits on the go; or dial 811 to speak to a registered dietitian at HealthLink B.C.