Sustainability - Healthy options for individuals

January 24, 2019

Health and Well Being” is the focus for January 2019, according to the Yale Sustainability Plan 2025. Below, learn about some of the options that you can apply to help support Yale’s sustainability success, and simultaneously, support your own wellness.

Multiple meetings

Although meetings can sometimes be a welcome interruption in daily routines, for many individuals, too many traditional meetings can disrupt personal health goals — from lack of healthy food options and lack of time between meetings to grab a healthy meal, to having to sit for large chunks of time. While sandwiches and bagels are the go-to staple for meeting foods, there are other, healthier menu options. Why not try a build-your-own salad or taco-bar style meeting? One option is to ask attendees to sign-up, pot-luck style, to bring various components, such as toppings. View our healthy meeting guidelines for other suggestions. Weather pending, try a walking meeting to get the blood and ideas flowing. View some suggested walking routes, including a new 25 Science Park route.

Managers: offering proteins and greens may prevent the sluggish blood sugar crash following a heavy carb meal, making your staff more productive post-meeting.

Attendees: If you aren’t the organizer, share this article with the meeting organizer to start a conversation requesting healthier meetings. Your colleagues may thank you.

Stuck at your desk?

Computers are essential for IT, but individuals who spend large amounts of time working at a computer have an increased risk of injury.

  • Staring at the screen for too long can cause eye strain.
  • Sitting in the same position for long periods of time (being sedentary) can contribute to soreness and bad posture.
  • Performing the same movement continuously (i.e. typing) without regular breaks can contribute to repetitive stress injuries.

The good news is that you can take measures to reduce this risk. It’s a good idea to take breaks to look at something other than the computer screen occasionally. Visit a nearby colleague’s desk instead of using instant messaging or email — this gives you a break from staring at the screen and the short walk gets you moving; a double benefit to your health. Stretching can help to prevent injury. There are even some stretches you can do right at your desk. For more information about the above risks and ways to help prevent their related injuries, Yale’s Environmental Health & Safety has created a resource on ergonomics safety guidelines with advice for individuals who regularly use computer workstations.

To learn more see the January Health and Well-being campaign and sign up for the Office of Sustainability’s monthly newsletter.