Moderation It's okay to eat your tasty indulgence every once in a while. Things like ice cream, chocolate or a special coffee drink are perfectly fine to enjoy...sometimes. It's not what you do every once in a while, it's what you do every day that makes a difference.
2. Eat Breakfast
Breakfast is the meal that boosts your blood sugar, metabolism and can set your tone for the entire day. Skipping breakfast can lead to moodiness, low blood sugar and overeating later in the day. Remember that you don't have to eat "breakfast" for breakfast. If you want leftovers from the night before, go for it! The important thing is to include complex carbohydrates, lean protein and healthy fat to increase your focus, metabolism and energy.
3. Pack a Snack
Although it may be hard to pack an entire healthy meal, packing a snack can be easy! Some fruits and vegetables require little to no preparation (apples, oranges, peaches, cherry tomatoes, snap peas) and can be thrown into your work bag for an easy energy booster. This can lift your mood and sharpen your focus to help prevent the afternoon blues and help increase your work productivity.
The National Institute for Fitness and Sport is dedicated to enhancing human health, physical fitness and athletic performance through research, education and service for people of all ages and abilities. The NIFS mission is carried out through a variety of departments, including Athletic Performance, Corporate Fitness Management, Educational Services, Fitness Center, IU Medical Group at NIFS and Youth Development.
A challenge many people face is finding the time to pack a healthy lunch throughout the work week. This often leaves individuals at the mercy of less than healthy options such as fast food, vending machine snacks and office treats.
A few years ago, the food truck industry caught on in downtown Indianapolis offering business professionals a very convenient midday meal. Although their menus are convenient, health is not always the key focus of these vendors. Two food trucks stand out from the rest, because they have taken the vegan and paleo diet approach.
Healthy Food Trucks in Indy
Two food trucks in Indianapolis have proved that a fast food lunch does not have to be unhealthy. In this month's Healthy Workforce, we show you how Nacho Mama's and Caveman promote a different food point of view for hungry Hoosiers. Watch Video
Green B.E.A.N. Deliveries Go Corporate
Indianapolis-based Green B.E.A.N. Delivery has been delivering all-natural, organic produce and foods to people's homes since 2007. The company launched a Corporate Health and Wellness Program in April, which offers healthy products to several companies and their employees. Green Bean's first corporate client: Indianapolis-based The Finish Line. Watch Video
Ergonomics in The Workplace
In this month's Healthy Workforce segment we zero in on the business of ergonomics. We'll show you how good ergonomic practices have helped a Fishers manufacturer reach world class status. Watch Video
Gardening at work? Believe it or not, corporate gardens are a growing trend throughout the country. In this month's Healthy Workforce segment, we show you how employees at Angie's List are reaping the benefits of having green thumbs. Watch Video
Caregivers in the Workforce
It's a subject that not many want to discuss: caregiving in the work force. But most people will become a caregiver at some point in their life. The task can affect your career, health, even your bottom line. In this month's healthy workforce, an organization is working toward preparing future caregivers and easing that burden. Watch Video
The Importance of 'Financial Fitness' to Your Health
When you think of wellness, most of us tend to focus on the physical aspect of wellbeing. But financial wellness is just as important in our overall wellness and plays a large part in our health. In this month's Healthy Workforce Segment, we show you how a fitness center is incorporating financial wellness into their programs. Watch Video
Choosing The Right Fitness Center
The beginning of the New Year is traditionally the most popular time to join a fitness center. But with so many options out there, how do you know the facility is right for you? In this month's healthy workforce, we give you a checklist of how to narrow your search. Watch Video
Monarch Beverage Expanding On-site Clinic
Construction is underway at Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage Co. to expand its on-site health clinic. The goal of the project is two-fold...to help reduce health care costs and provide convenient and affordable health care for employees. In this month's Healthy Workforce we show you how the state's largest distributor of beer and wine continues to make a big investment in wellness. Watch Video
Healthy Snacking at Work
You spend a great deal of time at your workplace. You likely bring or buy your lunch, but what do you do for a snack? Before you reach for a candy bar or bag of chips at the office vending machine, the National Institute For Fitness and Sport and Whole Foods Market have some tips on what kind of snacks you should be keeping at your desk. Watch Video
The Benefits of a Benefit Service Company
Last year, the National Institute for Fitness and Sport hired a professional employer organization to handle their human resources, payroll and benefits services. Indianapolis-based WorkSmart Systems Inc. was founded in 1998 and serves more than 300 client companies in 37 states. As health care costs continue to rise, WorkSmart encourages individual employers to drive costs down through wellness programs and practicing health care consumerism. Watch Video
Battling Childhood Obesity in Indiana
September is national childhood obesity awareness month - a good time to create healthy eating and physical activity habits for children and adults. A recent study released showed Indiana was one of the top 10 obese states in the nation. So what can we do to avoid becoming a statistic? Watch Video
Pilates for Older Adults
More than two decades ago, Methodist Health Foundation and former department store L.S. Ayres partnered to bring a national educational and wellness organization to Indianapolis. This month's healthy workforce spotlights OASIS, which promotes successful aging.
ActiveIndy Tours touts itself as the only company in Indianapolis offering daily, guided city tours. The startup is founded on the principle of getting customers from place to place at "the human pace." In this month's Healthy Workforce we show you why the tours are viewed as "an exercise in disguise." Watch Video
The Booming Business of Farmers' Markets
A local, organic food movement has made its way to Indiana. Hoosiers are increasingly more interested in learning about where their food comes from. The result has been an increase in the popularity of your local farmers' market. In this month's Healthy Workforce, we shed some light on the growing business. Watch Video
Governor Daniels' Workout
This month's Healthy Workforce focuses on making time to work out even with the most hectic of work schedules. Who knows that better than Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels? Watch Video
What's a great way to save on gas, get regular exercise and spend some time outside? Bike commuting. In this month's Healthy Workforce segment we present the case for more two- wheeled transportation. Watch Video
Workout at Work
It's no surprise that many office workers spend a majority of their day sitting in front of a computer. In our Healthy Workforce segment, if you are stuck behind a desk, there are some simple exercises that you can do to produce some surprisingly healthy results. Watch Video
Giving Employees Healthy Options
When employers build a worksite wellness strategy, the two common focus areas for their initiatives are nutrition and exercise. We also see companies offerings tobacco cessation, stress resilience, financial fitness and other topics. Diversity in programming is important. Employees will appreciate the choices and the support. And, in the end, they're more likely to stick with healthy choices when they experience a variety of different supports in their work environment. Watch Video
Recent studies recommend about 115 minutes, or nearly 2 hours, of exercise per week which may come difficult for people who work all day sitting at a desk. In this month's Healthy Workforce, we'll explore a move that could help workers combat that sedentary behavior: walking workstations. Watch Video
During tough economic times, school districts have been forced to examine every cost as they work to balance their budgets. One area that traditionally draws consideration for reduction is physical education. Watch Video
Corporations can benefit in many ways by supporting local wellness initiatives. Ultimately, collaborations can lead to financial success for all parties involved. Watch Video
Benefits of Giving Back
Many of the benefits of employees giving back to their communities are well know, but the business benefits of a company's philanthropic efforts are perhaps less understood. Leaders at the National Institute for Fitness and Sport say the "feel good" is only part of the benefit of giving back. Watch Video
Innovation in Workplace Wellness
Wondering how to create a workplace wellness program that is exciting, effective and within budget? Expert Melanie Roberts from the National Institute for Fitness and Sport says innovation is key to finding success in the wellness arena. Watch Video
Many companies would like to initiate a workplace wellness program, but unfortunately, financial resources are not available. Luckily, there are many free tools that companies can use to kick-off a wellness program. Watch Video
Worksite Fitness Centers
Melanie Roberts, Director of Educational Services, National Institute for Fitness and Sport | Sam Stewart, Human Resources Director, Republic National Distributing Company Watch Video
Pay to Play
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Start the New Year the Right "Weigh"
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