By Pia Hinckle A majority of human resource professionals reported benefits from worksite wellness programs including increased productivity, lower healthcare costs, and reduced disability and workers’ comp claims, according to a national survey released in December. “This is a significant finding,” said Tom Mason, president of the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota, a public-private consortium [...]
9 Lunch Ideas to Improve your Diet By Rebecca Taggart Breakfast is touted as being the most important meal of the day, but lunch—be it a homemade sandwich or a restaurant meal—gives us the energy for the afternoon’s work as well as an often-needed break from the computer, sales floor, or meetings. Lunch is also [...]
Winter Squashes are Full of Good Stuff By Rebecca Taggart The orange of autumn is not only on trees: November is the peak season for winter squash. Although remarkably varied in appearance, winter squashes share an orange-colored flesh rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. They are outstanding sources of Vitamin A, plus provide plenty of [...]
Have you ever seen a carrot on a bicycle? We have. As proponents of healthy workplaces, The FruitGuys is thrilled to be working with FreeWheelin’ Farm in Santa Cruz, CA. They are a bike-powered farm operation that supplies delicious vegetables for our TakeHome case. FreeWheelin’ Farm is a Community Supported Agriculture farm, or CSA. CSAs [...]
By Heidi Lewis Ebenezer Scrooge: What is your business here? Spirit of Christmas Past: Your welfare. Ebenezer: My welfare? Spirit of Christmas Past: Your reclamation, then. Take heed, rise, and walk with me. Amongst the assemblage of fine winter fare in TakeHome boxes this week are turnips. The very name “turnip” recalls the Victorian era, [...]
It’s a popcorn match. The fans are boo-ing. SpongeBob is no match for Popeye the Sailor. It’s going to be a slam-dunk preceded by humiliatin’ flips and flops on the mat for the yellow guy. The Sponge has been to the sugar shack, sucking up bubbles and junk food, whereas the vanquisher, Popeye, has been [...]
Gardening offers a refuge from the stresses of modern living, be it tending a backyard orchard, plants in a window box, or a collection of potted herbs in the kitchen. Many of us have sedentary work indoors, and the stress of just getting to work and coping with deadlines can numb both our bodies and [...]
Looking for ways to burn a few extra calories, build your strength, or tone your rear end? Stair climbing is a great way to get an excellent aerobic workout, no matter where you are or what your fitness level. You can take the stairs in any building that has them, in your workplace, your house, [...]
Lily, my four-year-old niece, who says things like, “Daddy are you satisfied?” or “Mommy what does the word ‘comely’ mean?” decided last weekend that when going to swimming lessons one has a duty to wear not only the prettiest bathing suit but all of the bathing suits at the same time. She started with last [...]
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) needs a good PR agency. For years parsley sadly clung to the edge of entree platters and was stuffed into deli display cases to make the other food look “fresh.” Yet parsley not only tastes good, but is loaded with vitamins as well. Parsley is native to the Mediterranean. It has been [...]
Breathing. Is there anything we do so often yet think about so little? Our breath is fundamental to our lives…
Maybe it’s the rain, or the cold, or the winter light, but at this time of year those Calgon-take-me-away-moments seem nearer. One of the best for me was a few winters back: at a small restaurant I was helping my twin toddlers and my young son, who was wearing his favorite stuffed green parrot wrapped [...]
The holiday season can evoke good will and good cheer, but it also its share of anxiety, stress, and expectations. If you start worrying about family reunions, holiday cooking and finding the perfect present, take a moment to breath deeply. Try the following three desk yoga poses to help you cope with the season flexibly. [...]
Of all the ways to stay fit, walking is the easiest, safest, and cheapest. It can also be the most fun: a fine day, a good companion, an attainable goal (say, a scenic spot) three or four miles away. On city streets, in the woods, or even round and round the high school track, walking [...]
When you remove the peel or skin from fruits and vegetables, you lose a lot of nutrition, since it’s a concentrated source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and potentially beneficial phytochemicals. The pigments in produce are healthful, and the skins or peels are often the most colorful part. Vegetable peels or skins are particularly good sources [...]
Since we’re in the business of delivering fruit as a wellness benefit, we hear it all the time… but at The FruitGuys we never tire of the adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” We live it and we love it. We might even add: a banana a day keeps the internist at [...]
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Great fitness tips and more in the Berkeley Wellness Letter. February’s password is Yogurt. Check out the hard copy in your fruitcrate the first Monday of each month. FREE for FruitGuys customers.
February is American Heart Month. Not just the chocolate-filled, pink-foiled, “Will you be my valentine?” heart month, but the 10 oz muscle-that-pumps-blood-oxygen-and-nutrients-thoughout-your-body-so-you-can-live month. The Heart Association probably got February because it looks really good in red, but isn’t every month, heart month? And every day, heart day? Your heart beats 60-100 times a minute depending [...]
Regular exercise is really good for you, even without any other complicated changes to your daily routine. A Duke University study showed that walking just 30 minutes a day could help you lose weight and body fat and improve muscle tone. The eight-month-long study involved men and women over age 40 who made no additional [...]
Great fitness tips and more in the Berkeley Wellness Letter. The March password is orange.
Great fitness tips and more in the Berkeley Wellness Letter. The March password is orange.
To eat healthy, we try to combine different food groups and make sure we get enough whole grains, vegetables, protein, etc. It can be helpful to think about exercise the same way: combining different types of exercise into your overall fitness routine may be more effective than any single method alone. The Mayo Clinic identifies [...]
As part of your FruitGuys subscription you have online access to The Wellness Letter. The Wellness Letter relies on the expertise of the School of Public Health and other researchers at UC Berkeley, as well as other top scientists from around the world. It translates this leading-edge research into practical advice for daily living – [...]
Worksite wellness programs have been found to reduce health care costs, increase productivity and worker loyalty, and lower absenteeism. See this study by the Center for Disease Control on how a wellness program at a Texas business reduced their healthcare costs. According to a recent white paper, published by the American Heart Association and Harris [...]
As part of your FruitGuys subscription, we provide you and your employees online access to UC Berkeley’s Wellness Letter, the Newsletter of Nutrition, Fitness and Self-Care. It translates leading-edge research into practical advice for daily living – at home, at work, while exercising, shopping, or cooking. Highlights from May’s Wellness Letter: Orange You Glad? Citrus [...]
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As part of your FruitGuys subscription, we provide you and your employees online access to UC Berkeley’s Wellness Letter, the newsletter of nutrition, fitness and self-care. It translates leading-edge research into practical advice for daily living – at home, at work, while exercising, shopping, or cooking. Highlight from the August Wellness Letter: The Wellness Letter [...]
Here are some startling statistics: two out of five women and one out of five men would trade three to five years of their life to achieve their weight goals, according to the Eating Disorder Foundation. While it’s important to stay healthy and fit, many university studies and eating disorder advocacy groups have long pointed [...]
The world’s oldest living man, Walter Breuning turned 113 on September 21. His secret: eat only two meals a day and lots of fruit. He was born in Melrose, Montana and still lives there today, residing at the Rainbow Retirement and Assisted Living Center. He says the secret to a long healthy life is to [...]
Feeling restless at your desk? Thinking of chocolate or something sweet to pep you up? Try these simple yoga stretches for a burst of energy. Practice them as often as you like. Chest Opener – Sit up straight near the front edge of your chair. Place your arms behind you with your hands on the [...]
Afternoon is the time of day when your energy can hit its lowest. You’re yawning at your desk and thinking about coffee. A little fresh air or exercise would wake you up but there is no time for the gym or even a walk around the block. Take five minutes to try these four simple [...]