Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Wellness—Of Course We’re Biased

So, after the three previous posts, we still know what we already knew—that bigger is not better when it comes to the human race. What can a workplace employee wellness program accomplish? What can an individual accomplish?

Success or failure. The road to wellness, becoming more physically active and yes, losing weight, begins with taking control—control of the decisions you make every day that determine your lifestyle and the quality of your life, both now and in the future. We know that just because information is available, those who need it most tend not to act on it. Motivation, support, incentive and the desire to meet a challenge are key to the success of the LoneStart Team Esteem Challenge. But that’s just one solution.

Healthy weight is a combination and balance of watching what you eat and becoming more physically active. The American Heart Association suggests:

  • Adjusting total calories to reach and maintain a healthy weight
  • Limiting saturated fat to 7 to 10% or less of your total calories
  • Limiting polyunsaturated fat to 10% of your total calories
  • Adjusting your monounsaturated fat to 15% of your total calories
  • Adjusting your total fat intake to no more than 30% of total calories if you are overweight
  • Limiting your cholesterol intake to less than 300 milligrams per day
  • Limiting your sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams per day (the equivalent of about one teaspoon of salt)

We say, take it a step further and find ways to put your body in motion during the day. Take the stairs. Park further away and walk, walk around the block, or the parking lot, or the office, (just not to the vending machine).

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