While striving to live a healthy lifestyle, life is made easier when the environment around us supports healthy choices. We spend most of our days at work, yet most of the food available at state agencies is not necessarily healthy. We at Thrive know that many agencies desire healthy food to be available at their locations.
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During the month of April, Thrive is placing a focus on Stress Awareness Month. In our toolkit, we outline ways to identify signs and symptoms of stress, and how to determine the root cause of stress in your life. These are important first steps in controlling and managing stress, but let's take it a step further and outline four ways that you can mitigate the effects stress can have on your body:
It’s National Nutrition Month, and the theme for 2018 is “Go Further with Food.” This phrase is pretty versatile as it can mean different things for different people. For example, it could mean starting your day off with a healthy breakfast or fueling before a sporting event. It could also mean preparing food to “go further” at home by only buying what you need and not letting perishable items spoil. Today, I’m going to focus on the latter, specifically with meal planning.
State employees have been participating in recreational sports leagues for three years now. The original goal of these leagues was to provide an outlet for stress, get some movement and build social well-being. Everyone seems to be having fun and enjoying getting to know people from other state agencies.
Life is hectic. Our days are consumed by work, family commitments and other demands. It’s normal nowadays to be busy, but it’s important to take time for yourself among the busyness of your days. Ensuring you get enough movement (physical activity) in your life is one way to take care of yourself and your body. There are many benefits to movement. For example, movement can:
As kids we played in the dirt, digging holes, making mud pies. Sometimes we even helped our parents plant flowers or a vegetable garden. We didn't realize how much we were helping our immune system become stronger. Come to find out, studies now show how gardening and touching the earth promotes overall well-being.