Make healthy eating during the workday fun with workplace nutritional challenges. Whether it is part of a healthy eating week or as a team building exercises there are lots of ways to gamify healthy eating:
1. Lunchtime potluck
Encourage everyone to make a large portion of something new or different for lunch that contains lots of fruit, vegetables, legumes or wholegrains to share, Covid-19 restrictions allowing.
2. Hydration challenge
Even mild dehydration can make completing tasks that require attention to detail more difficult. Encourage people who think they may not drink enough water with a hydration challenge. There are lots of free apps that’ll help track the amount of water everyone drinks and reminds them to drink throughout the day. There’s an element of trust involved in a challenge like this but hopefully honesty will prevail.
3. Healthy Bake Off
You may be familiar with the bake-off TV shows where competitors produce a wide range of sweet treats? Make it healthy eating friendly by encouraging employees to bake something with a healthy slant. Beetroot brownies, avocado cake or courgette bread are a delicious way to incorporate vegetables into baking for a healthier version of the cakes we know and love.
4. Bring your Own Lunch
Encourage employees to bring their own lunch to work. When we bring lunches from home, they are more likely to contain:
- More vegetables
- Less fat and salt
- Reduces the chance of a 3pm slump
It also has the added bonus of saving everyone some money. Offer an incentive to those who bring their lunch into the office for a month. It might be entry into a draw for some sports clothes or equipment. Hopefully this will be long enough for people to build a habit and see the health and financial benefits.
5. Try a New Recipe
It is easy for all of us to get stuck in the rut of cooking the same things each week. Encourage employees to diversify and try something different and share reviews of the results. The challenge could be by theme for example, Indian, Mexican or Thai food or by incorporating a particular ingredient like pumpkin, dark chocolate or harissa paste.
Download our Feel Good Food e-book filled with wholesome recipes for some healthy inspiration.
The most important element to impart is that eating well does not have to be boring. Far from it, a balanced diet should be varied including all kinds of food in moderation. It is also worth noting, nutritional challenges should be focused on eating healthily and not connected to weight loss or forcing employees to eat certain foods. It is simply about educating and informing employees how to fuel their bodies well.
Maintaining the health and wellbeing of your employees clearly matters to you. If you have employees working abroad as expats, ensure they have access to private healthcare and wellbeing support while they are on assignment with international health insurance.