Detox days, just one of the ways Interaction stay healthy

Posted by Interaction on 03/08/2016

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Detox Days: a fun and health-oriented way to get the Interaction team together

At Interaction we love food, and we are also a fairly healthy bunch. Therefore it only makes sense to combine these two to create an event in which we can all get together and enjoy tasty yet healthy food.

Why should employers be concerned about healthy eating in the workplace?

Preparing food at work can be time consuming: you’ve got a lot to do, you’ve got a meeting in 5 minutes, your deadline cannot wait. These are just some of the reasons you may decide to have a quick and easy ready meal or takeaway. The food you prepare away from home is more likely to be lower in nutritional value than that prepared at home. That’s understandable, but employers should be doing more to make sure employees have the time and resource to be able to eat healthy food. Some of the benefits of healthy eating in the workplace include; 

Physical health benefits:

  • Lowering the risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke and cancer
  • Providing your body with the nutrients they need to perform functions correctly
  • Improve general wellbeing 

Psychological health benefits: 

  • Elevated mood, energy and self-esteem
  • Reduced anxiety and stress
  • Improved sleep quality

 

In the news: 'cake culture'

After the news that ‘cake culture’ is fuelling the highest UK obesity levels, we thought Tasty Tuesday can give us all a break from the sugar of cake and biscuits. Health experts like Professor Nigel Hunt are calling for employers to stop offering such a snacks in the workplace, saying “for many people the workplace is now the primary site of their sugar intake and is contributing to the current obesity epidemic and poor oral health”.

This piece of news is purely coincidental and we are not health experts, but we say it can’t be a bad thing cutting out anything unhealthy at work for at least a day. So that’s why we ask everyone in the office to make some healthy snacks to eat at lunch time and enjoy the company and food, and feel good about it!

Success! 

It is definitely a success, with people finding recipes and making the effort to make food themselves. The food ranged from a variety of salads, couscous, meat platters, olives, carrots and celery sticks with humous and a highlight was the crispy kale crisps that was bolted down nearly instantly. 

Ultimately it gave us all a chance to step away from our busy days, relax and chat, the fact that it helped promote wellbeing and health is a bonus. It is definitely something we would encourage others to do as we will continue to do it.

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Krispy Kale Chips Recipe 

Ingredients:
2 bunches kale 
2 tablespoons olive oil 
2 large cloves garlic, minced 
Sea salt and black pepper 
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Toss kale with olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper in a bowl. Spread on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes stirring ever so often until kale leaves are tender but crisp on the edges and dark. Before serving sprinkle with sesame seeds.