Friday, May 05, 2006
Food for high productivity
"Snacking on high-sugar items such as candy, soda and fruit juices will cause a surge in energy. But this spike is short-lived and leaves your body more tired than you were prior to eating." said registered dietitian and American Dietetic Association (ADA) spokeswoman Tara Gidus. "But many people don't realize that what, when and how much we eat and exercise can significantly influence productivity, morale and safety.

According to a survey conducted by ADA and the ConAgra Food Foundation showed that with the working hours extending well after dinner timing, more and more workers starts eating junk food - 30% consumes snacks from vending machines while 20% look for other leftovers.

"To function optimally, your brain and central nervous system need a steady energy source from food. A recent study found that when workers miss at least one meal, feelings of lack of energy and motivation are more pronounced at the end of the work day." Skipping the meals or eating high calorie, less nutritious diet would not give you that energy.

A well balanced diet should consists of fruit, fresh vegetables and low-fat meat. Deep fried food should be avoid. You should drink 10-12 glasses of water daily. And if you take coffee in excess then make sure you drink one extra class of water for every cup of coffee. Water not only helps in washing out the toxins from the body but also keeps you fresh all day long.

Unbalanced diet can lead to illness like high blood pressure and heart problems but by avoiding high calorie junk foods and doing regular physical activity risk of developing such illness can be reduced. Other benefits of regular workouts are reduced workplace absenteeism, reduced health costs and medicine bills.

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Monday, May 01, 2006
can dirty computer screen make us sick?
A survey by computer cleaning specialists Durable researched the cleanliness of office desks nationwide and found out that:
  • 90% of office workers eat lunch at their desks
  • 22% of do not wash their hands before preparing food at the office
  • 72% pick our noses at work
  • 75% have dirty PC screens
  • 65% share colleagues’ phones and computers – and spread germs
  • 65% think office cleaners do not clean computer areas enough

Given these facts and figures there is no doubt that our habit plays a very important role in making us sick and here I am not taking about just a day's sick leave but millions of dollars of loss that companies face every years in terms of lost man power, working ours and more.

This can be avoided by maintaining good hygiene. All it takes is less then five minutes to wash your hands and regular cleaning of your surrounding.

Here are some facts I read in last few days that might be of your interest:

  • In one study it was found that mor ethen 70% of people don't wash their hands after using toilet. So even if you clean your hand make sure you don't touch that door handle with bare hands. Use some tissue paper to open it or you might be catching the germs without knowing.
  • Thats one more reason why one should not eat free peanuts available in the bar. (This reminds me of a movie I saw some days back)
  • Using public telephone is another big source of spreading germs. You never know who sneezed into that phone a minute back. Its better to hold a paper towel between the handset and your face.
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