Focus On: Juggling Work, Family & Healthy Eating
Make Time for Healthy Eating at Work
Healthy eating at work can be a challenge. It's easy to get distracted and miss a meal, which may lead to unhealthy snacking habits during the day. Here are some ways to eat healthy at work:
- Always have breakfast to help control your hunger later in the day.
- Eat vegetables and fruit with all meals and snacks.
- Quench your thirst with water. When drinking milk, choose skim, 1% or 2%.
- Pack leftover meals for lunch.
- Share large meals with a friend.
Tips & Tools for the Workplace
Here are some ways the workplace can help employees to eat healthy at work and at home:
Create a workplace environment that supports healthy eating:
- Provide healthy food choices at meetings and events.
- Form a wellness committee to promote healthy eating in the workplace.
- Replace unhealthy food options with healthier options in the cafeteria and in vending machines
- Display nutrition information on food provided
- Share nutrition and health information to support healthy choices (e.g., from Eat Right Ontario and Dietitians of Canada)
Tips & Tools for Home
Preparing home-cooked meals can help control eating habits at home and at work. Check out the following tips & tools to help prepare home cooked meals:
- Celebrate Nutrition Month by cooking up healthy time saver meals.
- Plan a grocery list and stock up on nutritious foods.
- Prepare healthy meals in big batches and freeze in meal size portions.
- Make time for family meals more often.
- Create planned extras to save prep time for meals.
Facts & Stats
- Almost half of Canadians (45%) say that eating healthy meals and snacks while at work is challenging (Dietitians of Canada, 2014).
- Promoting healthy eating in the workplace can increase productivity and assist individuals who have chronic diseases to manage their conditions (OSNPPH, 2012).
- Most adults spend up to two-thirds of their waking hours at work and eat one or more meal at work, which makes the workplace an ideal place to support healthy eating (Conference Board of Canada, 2013).