TO NOURISH IS TO FLOURISH
With the introduction of the WELL Building Standard in Australia last year businesses are acknowledging the importance of employee health and wellbeing. We’ve all been hearing a lot about healthy work environments; emphasising access to natural light, fresh air, biophilic materials (internal spaces mimicking nature) and indoor plants. However, more recently there has been increasing talk about nutrition within the workplace.
This is a concept that has really resonated with me as I am a health and wellness advocate and truly believe that what we put in our bodies affects not only our physical health but also our mental wellbeing and productivity. Nourishment is one of the seven principals of the WELL Building Standard in which the primary goals are to increase the access to healthy foods and beverages, help people make informed dietary choices, and reduce the possibility of exposure to harmful pathogens and allergens in food.
Nutrition is a central principle of nourishment because it helps maintain human health, manage body weight, and prevent chronic diseases associated with obesity. Many factors influence the level of nutrition people achieve, including the places where people live, work and choose to eat. WELL aims to promote healthy and informed dietary choices within the built environment.
PMG has recently made some policy changes in regards to nourishment in our workplace; we have replaced chocolates and lollies with fresh fruit/vegetables and healthy nuts. We have also cleared our fridge of all soft drinks and have installed a new filtered still/sparkling water tab. Although there was some resistance at first, our team has now embraced the changes and we have noticed a distinct difference in our energy levels throughout the day.
It feels good to be nourished!