Plus One Health Management - nutrition en Think Globally, Eat Locally <p></p> <p><span><span><span>Locavore</span></span></span><span><span></span></span><span><span><span> became a word in the Oxford American Dictionary in 2007 and is defined as a person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food.</span></span></span></p> <p><br /></p> <p><span><span><span>In an age of increased use of pesticides and other food contaminants, people are buying locally in order to make healthier choices, to support local farmers, and to help the environment.  There are several ways to buy locally, whether by a local farmer’s market, a community supported agriculture subscription (a weekly local delivery of produce), or participation in a co-op. </span></span></span></p> <p><br /></p> <p><span><span><span>Many corporate facilities now offer gardens that are maintained by employees. The food they grow is then harvested and included in their company cafeterias.  School gardens are another great way to promote eating locally as well as teaching kids at a young age that the taste and quality of home-grown local produce far beats the 1,500 mile trek their cross country produce makes, eliminating the gas guzzling of buying out of your region.   </span></span></span></p> <p><br /></p> <p><span><span><span>"Local food is often safer, too," says the </span></span></span><span><span><span>Center for a New American Dream </span></span></span><span><span><span>(CNAD). "Even when it's not organic, small farms tend to be less aggressive than large factory farms about dousing their wares with chemicals." </span></span></span></p> <p><br /></p> <p><span><span><span>The mantle of Locavore does not just apply to fruits and veggies.  Meats and poultry from local farmers tend to taste better, are fresher, and small farms tend to use fewer hormones and other additives than big meat packers do.  They also tend to grow more variety than the big farms, which creates and protects biodiversity.</span></span></span></p> <p><br /></p> <p><span><span><span>According to a San Francisco-based group of Locavores intent on supporting people’s wish to better their lives and their families’ lives, the following are helpful suggestions:</span></span></span></p> <p><br /></p> <p><span><span><span><em>If not LOCALLY PRODUCED, then <strong>Organic</strong>. This is one of the most readily available alternatives in the market and making this choice protects the environment and your body from harsh chemicals and hormones.</em></span></span></span></p> <p><br /></p> <p><span><span><span><em>If not ORGANIC, then <strong>Family farm</strong>. When faced with Kraft or Cabot cheeses, Cabot, a dairy co-op in Vermont, is the better choice. Supporting family farms helps to keep food processing decisions out of the hands of corporate conglomeration.</em></span></span></span></p> <p><br /></p> <p><span><span><span><em>If not FAMILY FARM, then <strong>Local business</strong>. Basics like coffee and bread make buying local difficult. Try a local coffee shop or bakery to keep your food dollar close to home.</em></span></span></span></p> <p><br /></p> <p><span><span><span><em>If not a LOCAL BUSINESS, then <strong>Terroir</strong>, which means 'taste of the Earth'. Purchase foods famous for the region they are grown in and support the agriculture that produces your favorite non-local foods such as Brie cheese from Brie, France or parmesan cheese from Parma, Italy.</em></span></span></span></p> <p><br /></p> <p><span><span><span>For those tech-savvy locavores, </span></span></span><span><span><span></span></span></span><span><span><span>even has an app for smart phones available on itunes where consumers can input their zipcode and see where and what they can buy locally.</span></span></span></p> <p><br /></p> <p><span><span><span>Try it today!</span></span></span></p> <p></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> disease nutrition organic Thu, 15 Dec 2011 17:31:24 +0000 mike 179 at A Match Made In Heaven <p><span><span style="FONT-SIZE: 14px"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif">Employers can no longer afford to ignore the importance of integrating the bandwidth of a food vendor into corporate wellness. According to the LA times, a <a href="">study was published </a>by the American Heart Association that predicted that “the annual cost to treat heart disease -- including high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, and other conditions -- will triple by 2030, from $273 billion to $818 billion (in 2008 dollars).”</span></span></span></p><p><span><span style="FONT-SIZE: 14px"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif">What role does your company food vendor play in protecting you from such conditions, not to mention from financial ruin? Many of the components of heart disease can be reversed or prevented with a <u>combination</u> of diet and exercise. Without the nutrition mechanism, even the most well-meaning corporate wellness program can fall flat. An employee who takes the time to get to their corporate gym can sabotage themselves by consuming a heavy, greasy, <a href="">sodium</a> saturated meal in the corporate commissary,&nbsp; and further hinder their productivity and mood by not staying sufficiently <a href=";ClinicID=13">hydrated</a>. </span></span></span></p><p><span><span style="FONT-SIZE: 14px"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif">The integration of nutrition and wellness is a natural pairing. In a successful model, these two arms speak to each other often to provide a comprehensive program for employees. The company chefs are intended to create menus for snacks, meals, and healthy shakes. The menus are presented to registered dieticians who then break down the recipes and ingredients to determine if they meet healthy food criteria. Individualized programs are rolled out to teach your employees about how <a href="">food can be used as medicine </a>and lower their risks of heart disease, as well as diabetes and several types of cancers.</span></span></span></p><p><span><span style="FONT-SIZE: 14px"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif">Even if an employee chooses not to work out, they will greatly benefit by making healthier food choices. Better nutrition gives people energy, improves job performance, and can reduce the risk of the diseases that cost all of us bundles…and will cost three times as much in less than twenty years. It all boils down to this: Healthier employees strengthen your bottom line.&nbsp; Plus, the most wonderful aspect of an employee who understands how the food they eat directly affects their health and wellness?&nbsp; They will take this knowledge home to their partners and children, who may be your future employees. A win-win for everyone!</span></span></span></p><p></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> corporate wellness food service nutrition Wed, 09 Nov 2011 06:00:00 +0000 mike 176 at When is Bringing Your Work Home a Good Thing? <P><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: medium"><SPAN style="COLOR: #4e433e">A truly valuable return on your corporate wellness program is whether your employees can take their nutritional and fitness knowledge they learned in the office and bring it home to their families.&nbsp; If your employees rely completely on the color-coded utensils in your company cafeteria to tell them what and how much to eat, then your Wellness program is falling a little short.&nbsp; </span></span></span></p> <P><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: medium"><SPAN style="COLOR: #4e433e">According to the CDC, September is "<A href="" target=_blank>Fruit and Veggies - More Matters</a>" Month.&nbsp; No matter what part of the country you and your employees are in, fall is the perfect time to get outside and show off your wellness chops. Be sure your Wellness program hypes the area’s local farmer's markets, which are sure to be selling the season's perfect fall produce: pumpkins and other richly colored squash, root veggies such as parsnips, turnips, carrots; and purple, golden, and sweet potatoes.&nbsp; Strolling through the market with family and loved ones burns calories, and de-stresses the mind.&nbsp; At home, this fall bounty can be drizzled with olive oil, a pinch of sea salt and pepper, and roasted to perfection.&nbsp; Not only does this taste delicious, but it smells wonderful.&nbsp; Other fall time treats include figs, garlic, endive, ginger, pears, apple and chard.&nbsp; Your educated employees know that <A href="" target=_blank>increasing the amount of plants and vegetables</a> in their diet lowers their risk of many types of cancers, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and hypertension.&nbsp;&nbsp; When dinnertime comes, your health savvy employees will fill their plates two-thirds full of veggies. The more color on the plate from the variety of vegetables or fruit, the better.&nbsp; </span></span></span></p> <P><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: medium"><SPAN style="COLOR: #4e433e">While your employees wait for their fresh veggies to roast, they can log some outdoor and kid time raking leaves and jumping in the piles.&nbsp; Playing ball or tag equals more calories burned for everyone in the family.&nbsp; Building a tree house or fort, taking a hike in the woods, changing the focus from their usual routines and enjoying the outdoors provides a healthy shift in focus for all involved.&nbsp;&nbsp; If your employees don't have a yard, perhaps a trip to a local park to enjoy the fresh air is in order. </span></span></span></p> <P><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: medium"><SPAN style="COLOR: #4e433e">Seeing your employee and their families enjoying a richer, healthier lifestyle is the true picture of your return in your Wellness investment, because healthier, happier employees live longer, healthier lives.</span></span></span></p> <P><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: medium"><SPAN style="COLOR: #4e433e">&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> <P></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> employee wellness healthy lifestyle nutrition Wed, 07 Sep 2011 05:00:00 +0000 mike 167 at Combating Obesity is Everyone's Business <P><SPAN style="COLOR: #4e433e"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: medium">In my last blog I talked about how obesity starves your company’s bottom line.&nbsp; But I also wonder how you take a population of people who are wired differently than normal weight people and convince them to make a change?&nbsp; People like to make their own choices, even if they are bad ones. Obese Americans know that excess weight reduces their lifespan by about 2.5 years, yet obesity rates continue to rise.</span></span></span></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> health promotion nutrition obesity smoking cessation Wed, 04 Nov 2009 06:00:00 +0000 mike 106 at