Suffolk: Live Well Suffolk campaign urges workers to take a lunch break
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Workers who regularly struggle to maintain concentration and motivation in the afternoons are being urged to make small changes to their daily lunchtime routines in a bid by Live Well Suffolk to boost the county’s productivity.
The healthy lifestyles service is raising awareness of the importance of a dedicated lunch break through its latest healthy eating campaign, “Lunchtime is back”.
A recent survey by BBC Breakfast revealed 60% of workers regularly eat their lunch at their desk with a further two thirds admitting to taking less than 30 minutes for lunch, despite being entitled to a full break.
Steven Lee-Foster, director of Live Well Suffolk said: “It is an established fact that a healthier workforce is more productive and motivated so there is a big incentive for employers to get involved and support their staff to be as healthy as they can be. Taking a lunch break to recharge your batteries is a good investment of time.
“Live Well Suffolk is providing businesses with free information packs during this campaign and our trained dietitians are available to visit any Suffolk employer to advise staff on healthy eating.”
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Karen Davies, one of Live Well Suffolk’s trained dietitians, added: “When you eat at your desk you aren’t really focused on the quality or quantity of your food, and can end up eating more than you may think which may lead to weight gain. By limiting sugary snacks and basing lunchtime food on starchy carbohydrates you’ll be able to maintain your blood sugar level, helping you feel fuller for longer and keep your concentration during the afternoon.”
Live Well Suffolk is making free information packs available for employers to encourage staff to take a lunch break and eat nutritiously. Each pack contains posters, leaflets, prompt cards and recipe suggestions to help employees on their way.
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There’s also a wealth of new information, apps and videos as well as healthy lunch recipes at www.livewellsuffolk.org.uk/lunch or alternatively telephone 01473 229292.