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Focus on healthy eating for latest Suffolk Chamber wellbeing campaign

Focus on healthy eating for latest Suffolk Chamber wellbeing campaign

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is asking local businesses to help in the ongoing campaign to encourage people to eat healthier and more balanced diets.

Earlier in 2018, Suffolk Chamber teamed up with Public Health Suffolk to improve how businesses support their staff. The Chamber has set up an online resource on its website aimed at providing Suffolk organisations with a definitive list of issues which affect health and wellbeing and the support available to help address them.

Underpinning this campaign is Public Health Suffolk’s Five Ways to Wellbeing which provides general ideas as to how we can all boost our mental and physical strength. 

In July, Suffolk Chamber is highlighting to employers in the county their role in positively promoting the health and wellbeing benefits of maintaining a good diet, both at work and elsewhere.

According to recent research, 57.4% of Suffolk adults do manage their five fruit or vegetable portions a day. However, 24.4% of over-16s are obese.

John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber said “employers have an important part to play, whether they provide catering or share messages about the impact of healthy eating. Even if someone doesn’t work shifts or has to provide their own food, it is still easy to miss meals or eat irregularly, consume something inadequate or unsuitable, and have a bad follow-on effect on sleep, exercise, work or home life.”

Eating and drinking the right things is important for energy, maintaining a healthy weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and preventing Type 2 diabetes. We need regular well-balanced meals, and enough water, otherwise we suffer headaches, become lethargic, and struggle to concentrate. Sometimes even the most well-intentioned and resourced employees can struggle to manage this at work.

Abdul Razaq, director of Public Health & Protection at Suffolk County Council, added “eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

The Eatwell Guide available here shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet. You do not need to achieve this balance with every meal, but try to get the balance right over a day or even a week. Even the smallest changes can make a big difference to your overall health and wellbeing.”

Article by Suffolk Chamber