Nutrition in the Workplace
Employees are a major asset to every single company, big or small.
Prior to completing my nutrition and research degrees, I worked in a range of companies overseas and in Australia. This puts me in the unique position to understand not only the demands of working for a company but how simple investments by a company such as providing nutrition information services to employees, can provide significant benefit to the company and their workforce.
Nutrition Services in the Workplace
I offer dedicated services to companies and their employees to help with better health through nutrition to provide positive outcomes for both the employees and employer. The services I offer include:
- One-on-one Sessions for Individual Employees
I can work with an employee on a specific health issue to look at how diet, food and nutritional therapies can assist with that health concern.
- Lunch & Learn Presentations
These are usually short presentations of about 30 minutes to fit into a lunch break.
I use the latest research on diet, food & nutritional therapies to present a wide range of topics that are most relevant for the company and employees.
I encourage companies to survey their employees to determine the topics of most interest to them.
- Written Resources
I can work with each company to provide factsheets, newsletter articles, website and social media content.
Health Profiles of Employees in Australia
A recent survey accessing the health of employees in Australia from a range of industries and companies in regard to health and lifestyle found the following:
- Nearly 50% had poor nutrition
- Over 60% were overweight
- 56% had poor lifestyle habits such as smoking and drinking
- Nearly 50% did not engage in adequate exercise each week
- 53% were stressed, feeling overwhelmed and under pressure for a significant part of their workday
- 56% did not get adequate sleep each night with 22% waking up feeling un-refreshed or exhausted.
Employees with poor health and lifestyle factors are nine times more likely to be abssent from work compared to an employee that is healthy, whilst healthy employees are 3 times more production than unhealthy employees.
The Most Common Medical Conditions of Employees in Australia
Poor health costs employees $7 billion annually.
The most common health issues experienced by employees in Australia include:
- Back, neck or spinal problems
- Allergies such as hayfever, rhinitis or sinusitis
- Cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure
- Respiratory issues such as Asthma, Bronchitis or Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Mental Health conditions such as depression and anxiety
- Migraines and headaches
- Digestive disorders such as heartburn and reflux
- Skin conditions such as eczema.