Corporate Nutrition

Wellbeing at Work and Corporate Nutrition

Amanda has over five years of hands-on experience in the area of wellbeing in the workplace developing and delivering nutrition led wellbeing programmes and corporate nutrition policies.

Her clients and experience is diverse including for example working with organisations such as Halfords and London Zoo, Avon, Investec, British Gas and Gatwick Airport.

Amanda works closely with a wide variety of people within the corporate environment to help set up and deliver programmes including:

  • Occupational health leaders and teams
  • Human resources managers
  • Dedicated corporate Wellbeing teams and Wellbeing champions
  • Executive, development and head chefs, procurement departments and front of house in-house restaurant employees
  • Facilities management and operators

Amanda says:

"The health and happiness of employees has been profoundly affected over the last three decades primarily by changes in technology and therefore changes to the business and working environment.

Longer working hours, more stress, less time for breaks and the general increased expectations that employers have of their employees brings with it a very real ability for an individual's work to profoundly affect their health, and in turn, for their health to profoundly affect their work.

It is now well understood that that a fit, healthy, happy workforce can help to improve the health and well being of a business, ultimately impacting on its and its employees future development and success.

Well-targeted nutrition education in the workplace has been proven to improve productivity by 1 – 2 per cent.

This can achieved in a number of ways including for example:

  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Improved presenteeism
  • Lower company health insurance premiums
  • Improved morale
  • Better motivation
  • Improved company loyalty

We have become used to and now almost expect large corporates to undertake programmes of external social responsibility, supporting for example local, worthwhile causes and engaging with crucial projects to help improve sustainability and the health of our planets oceans, seas, river and land masses.

It takes a forward looking organisation to extend their corporate concerns to taking active, meaningful and measurable steps to promote the health and happiness of their own workforce - and this is especially so when it comes to encouraging improvement their nutritional wellbeing.

While everyone's health is ultimately 'their own business', there are many opportunities to help educate and influence behavior to promote a more nutritious way of eating for the individual within the day-to-day working environment.

This can be achieved both through direct education of employees as well as the very practical and hands-on approach of working closely with and supporting initiatives of a company's catering team.

Working in this area of corporate wellbeing has been fulfilling and immensely rewarding as well as fun and engaging.

When I develop bespoke nutritional programmes tailored to an individual companies needs it gives me a tremendous boost to see people at work feeling as a result, more energised, engaged, happy and able to focus on the task in hand.

Just hearing feedback like 'I'm in a much better mood' or 'I'm way less stressed' or 'my self-esteem has soared' are worth their weight in gold."

Client Testimonials

Phil O'Connor, Head of People Development, Halfords Head Office:

"Amanda, the feedback has been amazing and you certainly have helped so many people with their quest for a better life.

Not only did you do that, everyone thought you were just lovely. Thanks again for being there for the guys - hopefully this can be the start of other opportunities ahead."

Lynne Lym, Investec, 'Managing and Reducing Stress' seminar attendee:

"I would like to say how useful the lunch time seminars (the last one was Managing and Reducing Stress) from Amanda were. Congratulations and thank you for organising the really useful talks. Everyone attended would agree with me, I am sure."

Claire Reddington, via360 feedback, Hilton Worldwide, Head Office:

"The course has given me lots of new information which will enhance both my job role and family lifestyle. I found it very interactive and it was explained simply and clearly. The course was very enjoyable and very informative and I had a much better understanding of nutrition after.

I really enjoyed it, very informative and could have easily stayed for longer as I personally think it was the best one by far I have been on and if there was more time a lot more could have been covered."

Jill Garrett, Executive Director, Tentpeg Consulting:

"I have been delivering day-long seminars for over 20 years. Afternoon sessions often need big injections of activity as energy levels hit a buffer after lunch.There was a noticeable difference in the engagement of delegates on the occasions when I have worked with Amanda. I am very comfortable to recommend Amanda's 'All Day Energy' style of eating for companies wanting to help their employees to get the best from business meetings."

Chloe Wright, reception, BDO, London:

"The nutrition training yesterday was very interesting and I learnt a lot! It was a very fun experience and I would love to learn more about nutrition. I think this is useful information for everyone to know. Amanda taught us in a way that made it seem easy and understandable. Loved it!"

What Amanda Offers

Wellbeing Days, Seminars, One-to-One Consultations, Group Workshops, Podcasts and Company Intranet Content

Amanda provides a range of services to help support wellbeing initiatives within companies and can help to establish services where none are currently available.

Her approach, which runs throughout all her communications with employees resists using the 'righting reflex' to nag employees to eat this, stop eating that and give up something else, since understandably, this more often leads to resistance and alienation.

Instead her seminars, work-shops, one-to-one sessions and podcasts are designed to stimulate behavioural change around food choices through evoking employees own intrinsic motivation to change and increasing their beliefs that they can carry changes through.

Amanda offers:

  • Breakfast and lunchtime seminars
  • One-to-ones nutrition consultations
  • Company intranet supported pod-casts
  • Web-based and intranet based copy
  • All of these activities are tailored to specific employee and employee group needs such as those working:
  • Shifts and split shift patterns
  • In call-centre environments
  • Desk-based clerical and management positions
  • In field and 'on the road'

Subjects covered include, as examples:

  • All Day Energy to optimise feelings of energy and concentration throughout the whole day
  • All Day Meeting Menus with each meal, snack and drink carefully designed to sustain focus throughout the day and overcome the natural 'pm' energy and concentration dip.
  • Eating on the go advice for coping with life on the road
  • Sports nutrition support (specific to recreational sporting groups such as, for example gym users, runners and cyclists)
  • Eating to reduce stress and boost immunity
  • Eating to reduce cholesterol
  • Eating to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Weight management

Employee collaboration for change

Amanda also runs focus groups with employees to discuss topics from personal nutrition to the company's corporate stance and approach to healthy eating options in the workplace and appropriate messaging with respect to healthy eating within the company.

The key to behaviour change is effective communication. All to often, poorly delivered interventions hinder rather than help behaviour change efforts and this is especially so around the highly emotionally charged subject of favourite foods.

Nobody likes to be told what to do whether it's to give up smoking or eat less sugary, fatty foods. Amanda's aim, by working with focus groups is to establish employee points of views and ways they see possible and feasible for moving forward.

Through understanding, listening and empowering employees to work with themselves or with others in the company to instigate change, employees help to shape and create changes to their nutritional wellbeing, rather than being 'foisted' on them without consultation via inappropriate messaging.

Wellbeing Awards

By helping to set up and execute research projects in nutrition and wellbeing in the workplace, Amanda has been instrumental in steering her client, catering company CH&Co win the following awards or workplace wellbeing:

  • Health and Vitality 'Healthy Hospitality' Award 2016 for their collaboration with Birmingham University Department of Psychology research into social norm messaging in restaurant settings.
  • The Royal Society of Public Health and Wellbeing Awards 2015 for their Passport to Health project at Gatwick Airport
  • The Footprint Health and Vitality 2014 award for the CH&Co's Chef's Nutrition Training Course
  • The Catey's 2013 award for Charlton House's 'Wellbeingbeingwell' programme.
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