It’s getting cooler in Massachusetts, winter is settling in for the long haul. The days are shorter and the warm sunny weather disappears. The motivation to exercise can be tough. But, that doesn’t mean that your worksite wellness efforts need to go into hibernation mode. Rather than give in to the snow and cold, now is the time to embrace the beauty of freshly fallen snow and cooler temperatures, and think creatively and strategically about ways to keep your employees healthy and active during the winter.
Over 3 million Massachusetts residents are employed in thousands of workplaces throughout the Commonwealth. Perhaps you’re one of them.
Despite the varying nature of our jobs, there are common themes that work plays in our lives: it provides income and often other economic benefits, and for many of us, a sense of meaning as well as social support. Clearly, work is vital to our well-being. That being said, work environments, including work organization factors, can negatively affect our health.
Having breakfast around 7am and a lunch break between 11 and 1pm, the stretch before dinner seems miles away. This is why many workers stash a bag of chips in their locker or have a candy bowl on their desk to make it through to the end of the work day. However, these habits can contribute to poor health outcomes, such as obesity and/or hypertension from high-sodium snacks.