Nutrition

A workplace has excellent possibilities to support employees in adopting and maintaining healthy dietary patterns: eating regularly and making smart food and beverage choices. When planning actions to do this, it is important to know what kind of dietary choices in general are beneficial for all employees. Figure 4 displays…

Strengthen knowledge and skills

All nutrition counselling and training is recommended to be provided by an authorized nutritionist or equivalent health care professional with a qualification in nutrition and health. Means Description Measurements Possibility for employees to measure, for example, body weight, body composition, blood pressure, blood glucose, and/or blood lipids to raise awareness…

Create supportive working environment

When designing the selection and nutritional content of foods and beverages available at the workplace – in staff restaurants, cafeterias, vending machines, recreation rooms, conferences, and any other circumstances in which food and beverages are served – consulting an authorized nutritionist or equivalent professional with a qualification in nutrition and…

Adopt wellbeing-fostering policies

Means Description Food committee Founding a committee responsible for developing the nutritional quality* of foods served at the workplace. Ideally, this committee includes representatives of the personnel, HR/management, catering service provider, and if possible, an authorized nutritionist or an equivalent health care professional with an academic degree in nutrition and…

Incentivize

Means Description Complimentary fruits Providing healthy* snacks at the workplace free of charge, for example, fresh fruit in recreation rooms Lunch breakPaid lunch break encourages employees to have a meal break during working hours. Regular meal pattern, in turn, aids maintaining vitality, concentration, and productivity. Subsidizing healthy options Reducing the…

Physical activity

Research shows that being physically active benefits just about everyone: individuals of all ages and with or without chronic condi- tions or disabilities. Physical activity not only promotes health and reduces the risk of chronic diseases, but also improves sleep, perceived quality of life, and cognitive functioning, such as attention,…

Strengthen knowledge and skills

All physical activity counselling and training is recommended to be provided by a physiotherapist, a physical education instructor, or an equivalent professional with a qualification in exercise and health. Means Description Measurements Possibility for employees to measure, for example, body weight, body composition, blood pressure, blood glucose, and/or blood lipids…

Create supportive working environment

Physical environment Means Description REDUCING SEDENTARY TIME Shared printers and central coffee machines Replacing personal printers with work community’s shared printers, or moving personal printers from within reach to a distance that requires standing up and taking a couple of steps. Daily steps can be added also by introducing central…

Adopt wellbeing-fostering policies

Means Description Physical activity breaks for all Enabling and encouraging employees to have breaks to stand up, take steps, stretch, and exercise in order to maintain concentration and vitality. This is particularly important for employees with jobs tied in one place, for example, assembly-line workers, cashiers, bus and truck drivers,…