New Year New You - Do you have to make drastic changes?
By Stephanie McConville
Another New Year has arrived and with it the tradition to make resolutions. The fresh start of a New Year often leads many of us to want to make changes that will improve different aspects of our lives. Whether that is personal or professional these changes usually have a cross over. The number one resolution that happens every year is directly linked to improving health. Changes are made wherein we look to improve our diets by eating more fruit and vegetables, join a gym to do more exercise or perform the increasingly popular act of a detox.
Professor Nigel Hunt, the dean of the faculty at the Royal College of Surgeons, has recently spoken out about the idea of New Year’s resolutions and believes employers should make one to "combat cake culture" this year. This comes after The Faculty of Dental Surgery have criticised the “workplace cake culture” often seen in offices. They believe that the amount of cake and biscuits that are being consumed at work are adding to obesity and poor oral health.
"We need a culture change in offices and other workplaces that encourages healthy eating and helps workers avoid caving in to sweet temptations such as cakes, sweets and biscuits."
– Professor Nigel Hunt
NHS choices promote making healthier snack choices of fruit and nuts rather than chocolate and biscuits will improve your diet and should contribute to a healthier lifestyle. Some turn to 'detoxes' to improve their diets by taking herbal pills or drinking herbal teas all that boast to detox the body and reduce weight. However, the idea of ‘detoxing’ is not backed by medical science as reported in the British Medical Journal.
Making extreme changes to your routine and diet can be difficult for the body. The British Dietetic Association has dismissed the idea of detoxing stating “The body has numerous organs, such as the skin, gut, liver and kidney that continually 'detoxify' the body from head to toe”. Banning sweet confectionary from the workplace would therefore be extreme if done so because of the 'detoxing' result. It is important to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Sweet food in offices are usually due to a special occasion so should be consumed sparingly. A great way to encourage employees to make healthier choices, while still allowing the sweet treats we need, is to provide fruit boxes.
"It sounds predictable, but for the vast majority of people, a sensible diet and regular physical activity really are the only ways to properly maintain and maximise your health."
- The British Dietetic Association
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