Be smart around all of that holiday food

It’s that time of year again. Holiday meals, office parties, break rooms filled with goodies – you encounter food about everywhere you go.

It’s hard to not put on those extra pounds. Here are some tips to share with employees on how to eat smart through the holidays …

  • Check out food options before picking up a plate at buffets and dinners.
  • You don’t have to eat or even sample every dish on the buffet.
  • Select the smallest size plate available or leave “white space” on a larger plate.
  • Avoid the break room when co-workers start to bring their once-a-year goodies.
  • If you get hounded about trying a food that looks like it has a thousand calories a spoonful, take a smaller portion.
  • Take 10 before taking seconds.
  • Focus on fellowship, not food.
  • Don’t go out to an event on an empty tank. Eat a healthy snack before you leave.
  • Avoid alcohol on an empty stomach.
  • Put on your dancing or walking  shoes.
  • Make room for veggies.

Source: University of Tennessee Extension Service and Harvard University

Wondering what to get your employees for Christmas?

How about a company-wide wellness program? Start planning now, and you will  have a program in place at the start of the new year. Physicians Quality Care OCCMed can set up and even run the wellness program for you. Contact Jennifer Carmack at or 731.984.8400.