I don't like to be deceptive, so I'm not going to link to their website. However, I think that creating a healthy workplace is an interesting topic. In my current office environment there are four challenges to being healthy: lack of natural light, being sedentary, stress, and nutrition.
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I'm convinced that spending all day under artificial light is unhealthy. Our building is tightly wedged between two other buildings, so the only windows are those that face the street and the light doesn't penetrate as far as my cube near the back of the building. I've had mild psoriasis for years, but after a working for a year in my current building, it became much worse. At first, it didn't occur to me that my workplace might be to blame, but after a year, I started to get suspicious, blaming work stress and the allergens I'm inhaling in our dank, moldy building. I didn't realize at the time that psoriasis is linked to vitamin D deficiency, which can be caused by lack of exposure to sunlight. I started taking vitamin D supplements and within a few days, the rash was less itchy. Last summer, I continued to take vitamin D and on the weekends, spent half an hour a day in the sun, and the rash improved a lot. Unfortunately, I became less diligent about taking my vitamin D, and with the coming of winter, it got worse again--but not as bad as it was the year before. I'm hopeful that getting back on track with the vitamin D will help.
I've heard that being sedentary is as unhealthy as smoking, which is pretty alarming. Even more scary, exercising doesn't cancel out the bad health effects of sitting at a desk all day. I walk to and from work every day--four miles round trip, or twenty miles a week. I'm also at the gym five days a week, so it's a bit discouraging that all this is useless in the face of my desk job. I tried an improvised standing desk, but my mouse/wrist angle was so uncomfortable, I wanted to simultaneously burst into tears and punch someone in the face. I took it all down and bought a fitness disk, which is supposed to help engage your core while you are sitting on it. It's a bit uncomfortable, so I can't sit on it for more than twenty minutes at a time, but I've learned I can use it for mini resistance workouts at my desk. I'm also trying to remember to take standing breaks on the even hours throughout the day. On days when I have a lot of meetings scheduled, I have the opportunity to walk quite a bit during the day. Other days, my butt barely leaves my chair. In nice weather, I'll sometimes take a quick walk around the block. More than once, if I haven't been able to get something to work, the solution has come to me after I got away from my desk and walked a bit.
Stress is my toughest challenge. Work stress gives me chest pain, disturbs my sleep, and inhibits my ability to enjoy other activities. I think it's partially responsible for my psoriasis. Whenever things are particularly stressful, the urge to scratch is overwhelming. Scratching the psoriasis rash seems to relieve an itch in my brain. Walking to work helps the stress, somewhat, but the walk home is a major stressor itself because of the cars. Drivers are more sedate and considerate in the morning. On Mondays, I take a 6:15 cycling class at my gym and then go straight to work. It isn't easy to pack a towel and toiletries and lug all my work clothes to the gym at 06:15, but when the workout is done, I have the satisfaction of knowing I've just completed the most difficult thing I'll have to do all week, which is a nice psychological boost. Otherwise, Monday is a "treat day" meaning I don't cook dinner unless I feel like it, and allow myself to climb into bed straight after work. What with the gym and the "treat day" concept, I don't mind Mondays. Tuesday is the day that sucks.
Nutrition is relatively easy. I pack all my meals and rarely go out, not even for coffee. I leave my wallet at home, so I won't be tempted by the nearby coffee houses and restaurants. My cube food favorites are carrot sticks, clementines, hard boiled eggs, sardines, and smoothies. I have tried and failed to come up with a green smoothie that doesn't taste horrible. A major disadvantage of green smoothies in the workplace is that you risk getting bits of green in your teeth. Beets are a better choice, and they pair really well with strawberries. Before work, I'll blend unsweetened almond milk, half of a raw grated beet, frozen strawberries, and half a scoop of vega one protein powder and carry it to work in a mason jar. I've started drinking kombucha at work, for its supposed health benefits. I've learned to like the taste and it has only thirty calories per serving.
What about you? What do you do to make your workplace more healthy? If you're a blogger, do you get sketchy offers?