When it comes to employee health and wellness, it’s no surprise that nutrition plays a significant role in preventing disease and improving overall quality of life. Many employees know that they should be eating healthy. So why do so many continue “yo-yo” dieting and struggle to maintain healthier eating habits for the long term? Well, a lot of it comes down to the source…where employees are going for nutrition and weight loss advice. Many seek advice from online web searches or pursuing their local book stores, which can be a good source of information if the article or book is written by a Registered Dietitian. The truth of the matter is that anyone can write a diet book or post nutrition information online, whether they are a true nutrition expert or not. Don’t let your employees become victims of nutrition misinformation! Seeking diet advice from the wrong source can sabotage their best efforts and can even lead to risky health behaviors, whether it’s cutting out carbs all together or fasting on liquids for a week.
While there are countless benefits employees receive from meeting with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, we’ve narrowed down our Top 10 Reasons why employees should be seeing a dietitian on a regular basis:
- Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or high blood pressure are prevalent conditions among your workforce. A dietitian serves as an integral part of the health-care team, guiding employees on how to implement heart healthy eating changes without compromising taste.
- One or more of your employees is considering having or has had bariatric weight loss surgery. After surgery, nutrient deficiencies can lead to lost work days. With a smaller stomach it can be a challenge getting all of the right nutrients in smaller servings without guidance from a dietitian.
- Your employees suffer with digestive issues. Irritable bowel syndrome, celiac’s disease, and food intolerances can be a major contributor to absenteeism. A dietitian can help suffering employees fine-tune their diets to improve and resolve oftentimes debilitating symptoms associated with these conditions.
- Overweight and obesity is a growing concern among employees. This is one of the major contributors to health care spending among employers. The problem is that many employees are seeking advice from the wrong sources, leading to weight cycling and weight regain. Providing the opportunity for your employees to meet one-on-one with a dietitian will help break the cycle of “yo-yo” dieting and lead to sustained healthy lifestyle changes.
- You notice an employee/employees struggling to gain weight. Although not as common an issue as overweight and obesity, a dietitian can suggest additional calorie sources that lead to healthy weight gain.
- An employee is caring for an aging parent. The stress of caring for an aging parent can negatively impact an employee’s focus and performance at work. Dietitians help with nutritional issues related to aging including drug nutrient interactions, dealing with taste changes, or ensuring adequate hydration, thus reducing the stress on the employee.
- To improve fitness or performance in sports. Dietitians help employees set goals to achieve results – whether their running a marathon or jogging with the dog.
- You overhear employees saying that they want to eat smarter but don’t know how. Dietitians help sort through the nutrition misinformation, teaching employees how to read food labels at the supermarket, discovering inexpensive healthy cooking methods, and learning how to resist workplace temptations.
- Your employees struggle with emotional overeating. ”Head hunger” and mindless eating are major contributors to overeating. Dietitians help employees discover their triggers for emotional eating and develop solutions to overcome their barriers that lead to overeating.
- To improve physical and mental energy. Let’s face it, the stressors of every day life and work can be draining. Not fueling properly leads to low energy levels and poor performance at work. Dietitians can work with employees in group classes or one-on-one to incorporate high energy foods that will sustain them throughout the workday!