This project analyzes proper nutrition as a necessity for a quality lifestyle and as a method of disease prevention. Furthermore, it presents some organizational endeavors to educate employees of the mortgage company about the benefits regarding proper nutrition. The focus of my research is to explore the options that proper nutrition provide for improvements in quality of life and life expectancy for the working people in modern society. The paper also explains the food guide pyramid and nutritional labels. The research paper, accompanied by the multimedia presentation, will persuade the employees that good nutrition and healthful diets are a solid foundation for positive outcomes in all aspects of their lives.
“When you get right down to it, food is practically the whole story every time.” Kurt Vonegut (Galapagos)
All living things need food and water to live. Beyond that, we need nutrients to live well. From this standpoint, we can describe nutrition as a science of how the body uses food (Favor, 2005, p. 9). Understanding how good nutrients protect us and enable us to function properly is of great importance. Nutrition’s primary task is to describe which foods and beverages provide the energy and essential materials we need to support our bodies and maintain every organ and system. To some extent, nutrition is involved in almost all of the aspects of human life. Carol Ann Rinzler states it as:” Nutrition is about why you eat [c] what you eat and how the food you get affects your body and health”(2004, p. 10). Improving knowledge about the importance of nutrition and developing healthy eating habits is one of the most important challenges of our society. Nutrition is the foundation for health and development, and it plays significant role in our work lives. Healthy people are stronger, more productive and able to create greater opportunities through their work lives. Proper nutrition can help extend or decrease our productivity and define the longetivity of our work life as we progress in older age. Problems that are arising from not consuming proper nutrients are having impact on businesses nowadays. According to United Nations International Labor Office (UNILP), “Poor diet on the job is costing countries around the world up to 20 percent in lost productivity. The problem is two-fold: the malnutrition that plagues developing countries and the excess weight and obesity that afflict mostly industrialized economies ” (2007, n.d.). Nowadays companies are promoting consumption of proper nutritional meals as a way of helping their employees have better, healthier lifestyles and also to get a competitive advantage. Christopher Wanjek in Food At Work: Workplace Solutions For Malnutrition, Obesity And Chronic Diseases states : “In the U.S., the annual economic costs of obesity (insurance, paid sick leave, and other payments) is $12.7 billion. The world is facing a "food gap," with one out of six people on the planet undernourished, and an equal number overweight or obese” (2005, p. 47). Healthful Diet
The Dietary Guidelines describe a healthy diet as one that:
Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products; ·
Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and ·
Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars” (“Guidelines,” 2009, para. 2). The food pyramid is essential tool for better understanding the healthful diet and establishing daily eating plan .
Many people don’t consume the right amount of many nutrients, which was the reason for the United States Department of Agriculture to develop a visual guide for daily eating called Food Pyramid. Food Pyramid was established in 1992 and updated in 2005, and in 2010 a new proposed version of the pyramid is expected to be developed. The Food Pyramid uses six different sections to represent the five...
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