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Bismarck Cancer Center
Worksite Wellness

Here are some ideas to keep your workplace a 'healthy' place!

Bring Your Lunch to Work

  • Packing your own lunch is a healthier alternative to eating out!  But, what you put into your little brown bag is just as important as staying away from fast food.  When packing your lunch, consider these foods:
  • Vegetables (Dip them in low-fat dressing)
  • Fruit (Challenge yourself to try something new.. ever tried guava?)
  • Salads (Choose darker, greener lettuce)
  • Grilled chicken (Add it to a salad and top with a low-fat spicy ranch for Tex-Mex style).

Did you know that when you eat lunch at your desk that you tend to eat faster and consume more that if you eat away from your desk?  Take that lunch break you deserve.. in the break room!

Designate Your Break Room a Healthy Place

Instead of the usual break room snacks like chips and candy, fill it with fruits and vegetables!  Encourage others at work to make healthier choices and promote healthier lifestyles!  Consider these items as healthier options in your break room:

  • Assorted raw vegetables
  • Fruit tray or basket
  • Yogurt with granola
  • Hummus with pita chips
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Nuts and dried fruit

 
   

Make Fitness a Part of Your Work Routine

Instead of sitting behind your desk all day, make an effort to incorporate movement into your day.  If you don’t have time to hit the gym, try some of the following ideas:

< >Go on a walk over your lunch breakSuggest standing up at your next meetingSet alarms throughout the day to remind you to move around.  For example, sit for 60 minutes, then move around 3-5 minutes.Simple chair yoga: Two minutes of stretching and breathing several times a day can increase your fitness focus.Take the stairs instead of the elevatorWork on your attitude.  How you react to stress is determined by how you perceive a particular event.  Remember, you are in control of your response to that event.Think about something else: Distract yourself to get your mind off of whatever is causing the stress.Think positively:  Think about a success or past achievement.  Count to 10: Use the pause to breath and relax.  It will allow a more relaxed response.Move!  If appropriate, leave the stressful situation for a while.  The exercise and space will give you time to recover from the stress response.Take several deep breaths: Stress and tension tighten muscles.  Breathe by pushing out with your stomach muscles to bring oxygen and energy into your body.

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