The key to achieving optimal health cannot be found in any one food, drink or pill, but rather through your personal commitment to healthy lifestyle behaviors. Focusing on maintaining and enjoying good nutrition and daily physical activity is the key to success.
March is National Nutrition Month, a monthly observance that is supported by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Each March, the Academy focuses attention on healthful eating and this year’s theme Eat Right, Bite by Bite, promotes eating a variety of nutritious foods every day and planning and creating healthful meals each week.
Good nutrition doesn’t have to be restrictive or overwhelming. Small goals and changes can have a cumulative health effect, and every little bit (or bite!) of nutrition is a step in the right direction.
EATING ON THE RUN
You probably eat out a lot – most of us do. We’re all looking for fast, easy and great-tasting foods that fit into our busy lifestyles. Whether it’s carry-out, food court, office cafeteria or a sit-down restaurant, there are smart choices available everywhere! Follow our simple tips when eating out to try and stay on track with healthy choices:
Think ahead and plan where you will eat. Check out the menu before you arrive. It’ll help you make a “healthier” choice.
Menu terms for healthier options include items that are baked, braised, broiled, grilled, poached, roasted and steamed.
Avoid menu items that are described as pan-fried, buttered, creamed, crispy, breaded.
Order a child-size portion, or an appetizer for a lighter meal.
Share your order with a friend or take half home for another meal.
For desk-top dining, keep some portable, non-perishable foods in your desk drawer.
Grabbing dinner at the supermarket on the way home? Pass up the store’s hot food bar and resist the urge to fill up a huge take out container. Choose a rotisserie chicken and a pre-made salad-in-a-bag for a quick, nutritious meal.
No time for breakfast? Try a smoothie. There are tons of options to help you get a full serving of fruits and veggies in just one glass (see page 2 for our quick and easy green smoothie recipe).
Feedback From Our Happy Customers
The Innovative team is well respected at AFS. My staff and I feel they are an extension of our HR team! Since implementation, they have always remained committed to assisting AFS with all of its healthcare needs; in fact, it doesn’t matter what time of day, they always respond in a timely manner.
Each year they come up with fresh material so our employee’s interest is always peaked. A few years ago, Innovative provided us with documentation to show that moving from a fully insured program to self-insured would be more cost effective for AFS, and it has been! Innovative has truly made our jobs easier so we can focus on other tasks.
As an HR professional, Innovative makes my job easier and benefits administration much less overwhelming than it would otherwise be.
They are truly a partner with me to make sure our team members have the best benefits and service around their benefits that we can offer. Innovative’s team is responsive, professional and resourceful. (They are at the forefront of knowledge in many areas, including ACA reporting and compliance, which can get highly complicated.)
As a client for the last 4 years, we love working with our Innovative Benefit Planning team because of their service model, scope , depth and quality of expertise in handling our benefits and renewals.
Their level of commitment just keeps getting better each year. They have more than met our expectations on renewal negotiations, response time, assistance with ongoing plans, open enrollment material, meetings, support, bill auditing, and wellness programs.
Since our partnership with Innovative Benefit Planning in 2017, it has been a seamless one. Innovative always provide options, suggestions and recommendations when it comes to our benefits renewal.
Innovative is always present even when open enrollment ends, their year round communication reminds me that I can always reach out for help at any time. Their professionalism is the utmost one can expect. My account representative Jenni is wonderful, courteous, knowledgeable and very helpful.
We have been dealing with Innovative Benefit Planning for many, many years. They have given us nothing but exceptional service.
We can pick up the phone or email them and they always resolve our questions and take care of our employees insurance issues in a very timely manner. They negotiate our insurance rates every year and have managed to reduce the increase every year. Every account manager we’ve had throughout the years have been great to work with.
I have been working with Innovative Benefit Planning for over six years. Previous to Innovative, I had used the same broker for about 25 years. I was used to doing everything myself during open enrollment with my previous broker.
When Innovative came on board, I was pleasantly surprised how “on top” of things they were. I never have to call them and bother them about getting rates to me for open enrollment, as they are in touch with our carriers on a regular basis, and they get me my information for open enrollment as soon as they receive it from the carriers.