Tips for Getting Healthy in the Workplace
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Cindy Bjorkquist is the director of Health and Wellness Programs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. She has more than 33 years of experience in the health and wellness industry, working directly in health care for the past 20 years. Cindy has a master’s degree in exercise physiology, corporate health management, from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in exercise in sports science and biology from Spring Arbor University. To connect with Cindy and discuss Michigan workplace wellness, join the Michigan Health Leaders LinkedIn group.
- Gym discounts: Employers can encourage people to be physically active with corporate discounts at participating gyms or fitness clubs. They can also provide incentives through a healthy living program, which may monitor weight, tobacco use, blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar.
- Online resources: Employers may also suggest employees create an online account with their health insurance company to utilize wellness resources. This includes free health assessments, symptom checkers, medical records, fitness trackers and even recipes.
- Seminars: Some employers provide virtual seminars with experts to promote lifelong learning. Through financial planning, mindfulness, meditation and gratitude, employees are empowered to take control of every aspect of their well-being.
- Tobacco cessation coaching: It isn’t easy to stop smoking. It takes personal, and in some cases, professional support. Employers can partner with outside organizations to provide coaching and mentoring for employees eager to break the habit.
- Drink more water: Water is more than 50% of the body’s composition and is integral to maintaining good health. It helps flush out toxins, removing waste and other harmful elements. Staying hydrated is also a simple way to combat fatigue, manage weight and improve focus.
- Find an accountability partner: Coworkers who share similar health goals can create their own support system. Friendly step competitions, weekly check-ins and ongoing conversations about workplace wellness can keep them accountable and help to maintain healthy habits.
- Pack a lunch: By preparing their own meals, employees have power over food portions. This also helps to limit or avoid ingredients that may be detrimental to their goals. In addition, bringing healthy snacks to work can also curb cravings or lingering hunger.
- Step away from the chair: Workplace meetings don’t have to be stationary. Just three hours of continuous sitting can cause poor circulation and vascular damage. Consider taking a walk during conference calls. Using this time to stretch can help prevent blood clots, arterial strain and sudden stiffness.
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