Guest post from Shannon Donelson
We’ve all been through that first semester of college. We are away from home, away from mom’s cooking and eating whatever we want. Come Thanksgiving our pants our a little tighter and we just don’t know how we gained those 15 extra pounds!
Although we are all out of college and hopefully used to eating on our own away from home, many young workers still face trials when it comes to staying healthy in the workplace.
I recently read an article that stated that 49% percent of workers say they’ve gained weight at their current jobs. Twenty-eight percent of workers have gained more than 10 pounds at his or her present job, while an additional 13 percent of employees have gained more than 20 pounds.
Why is this?
- Well, for a lot of us, we sit in front of a computer all day. I know for myself, I break up my day with coffee breaks, lunch breaks, and snack breaks.
- There always seems to be some sort of goody in the kitchen.
- Salads are only so interesting.
- When we get home from work, we are tired. The last thing most of us want to do is exercise. In college we could go to a few classes, sleep all day, and exercise when we had the energy.
- Happy Hours. They are everywhere and if we aren’t careful, they can be doomsday for our waistlines.
Can you relate to this? Want to learn how to stay healthy in a work environment? NextGen has you covered! Be sure to check out Wellness at Work: Get Your Erg On! –a breakout session on Day 2 of the conference. Pilates at work rock star and Program Analyst for EPA, Marissa McInnis will be speaking on this topic, and trust me, you (and your waistline) don’t want to miss it!
If you haven’t already, there is still time to register for the Next Generation of Government Summit! Join us next week (July 28-29th)!