May 2021

May Focus – Plant-Based Living

Plant-based is a style of cooking and eating that emphasizes foods derived from plants. Adopting a plant-based diet doesn’t necessarily mean eliminating all animal products, but rather prioritizing plant-based foods that promote good health. Rather than thinking about what you’re limiting, focus on the word “more” – more vegetables, more fruit, more whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, etc. 

Adopting a diet rich in natural plant-based foods has an array of benefits for your health as well as the environment. Whole plant foods are packed with fiber and nutrients that help support healthy cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, as well as aid in preventing chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. As an added bonus, plant proteins are typically more affordable and far better for the planet than animal proteins.

Going plant-based can be done gradually and doesn’t have to be restrictive. Start by adding more veggies and vegetables proteins to the meals you already love in place of some of the animal products. Then, identify a few enticing vegetarian recipes that are easy to prepare. Experiment with a meatless meal just once a week, then add more days as you get used to it. For assistance on your plant-based journey, you may consider scheduling a nutrition counseling session or participating in the webinars and challenge below.

May Presentations

Learn strategies for creating and maintaining healthy habits straight from the experts. Browse our May webinars below. These sessions are open to all full and part time employees. For those participating in the wellness rewards program, each session is worth 10 Tier 2 points.

May 13

12-1 p.m.

Webinar

How to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

In the US, it’s recommended to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, but according to the CDC, only 10% of American adults reach those recommendations. Most people know eating fruits and vegetables is good for our health, so why are we struggling so much to eat our 5 servings? Join Be Well Solutions as they share new and exciting ideas for making fruits and veggies tastier and more convenient. Learn how you can get the benefits of these nutritious plants without compromising on time or flavor.

Register to attend "How to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables"

May 25 

12-1 p.m.

Webinar

Organic: Clearing the Confusion

If the debate surrounding organic foods and GMOs has you confused, you’re not alone! Many Americans struggle to understand the science and safety behind conventionally grown foods. Just because a food is organic, does that really mean its healthier? This webinar will cover:

  • Organic standards and labeling
  • Safety and importance of GMO crops
  • Safety and health implications of organic and conventional crops

Register to attend "Organic: Clearing the Confusion"

 

Get Fit Don't Sit Week

May 3-7, 2021

National Get Fit Don't Sit Day™ was originally created by the American Diabetes Association as an opportunity to increase awareness of the dangers of prolonged sitting and the importance of getting up and moving throughout the day—especially at work. This year, we are encouraging and celebrating movement all week long! Join us as we get up and move during the week of May 3. Offerings include virtual exercise classes, Get Fit Don’t Sit BINGO, and an opportunity to win prizes via a Facebook contest.

Visit the Get Fit Don’t Sit page for details

 

Be Well Solutions Powered by Plants Challenge

Looking to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet? This 4-week challenge is designed to educate on the benefits of following a plant forward diet and how it can be done without having to eliminate all animal-based foods. Participants are encouraged to eat at least 1 plant-based meal a day, meaning it is at least 50% vegetables and/or fruit and has 1 serving of plant-based protein. This challenge will run from May 10 to June 6 and is open to full-time, benefits-eligible employees.

Learn more and register to participate no later than May 4, 2021