Healthy eating is probably more talked about now than ever before, with people becoming increasingly conscious of what they are putting into their bodies. The number of online search results for nutrition and healthy recipe ideas is consistently high, and we often spend time browsing through the latest ideas and trends ourselves.
Google searches for ‘healthy diet’ and related terms over the last 12 months. Source: Google Trends
Eating a healthy, balanced diet has always had proven health benefits, and here at Summit we wanted to give you an insight on how we Summiteers snack.
Eating breakfast has been shown to improve memory function, and skipping the so-called most important meal of the day can have a detrimental effect on cognition and learning. To make sure everyone in the Summit office is ready and raring to go by the time they get to their desks, we offer a free selection of different breakfast options to tuck into. With lots of different cereals available, a huge fruit basket and plenty of bread for toast, Summiteers are spoilt for choice every morning.
Every so often we will also offer special morning treats. Our most recent offerings have been Waffle Wednesday, Bagel Tuesday and the occasional Pancake Day if we are feeling extra special.
The lunch break is a much looked-forward-to time for any worker, and encouraging good nutrition and regular breaks has been shown to improve workforce productivity, particularly among those who use computers at work. At Summit, we feel that being able to get away from the desks and relax, taking a break from technology, really helps us work more efficiently. We cultivate a family mentality by creating communal spaces at each of our offices, encouraging people to get together during breaks. At our Albion Mills office in Yorkshire, we have a huge dining area, named The Great Hall (inspired by Harry Potter), which provides plenty of room to prepare and enjoy meals together.
Once a week, we offer the whole team, and any clients who are here on the day, a free, healthy, cooked meal to enjoy during lunch. Recent choices include chilli con carne, chicken wrapped in bacon, and sausage and mash. If the weather permits, we often enjoy a summer barbeque in the office grounds, cooking up sausages and burgers and sitting out in the sunshine. Vegetarian options are also available, and there are plenty of accompaniments to make us feel full, energised and ready for the afternoon.
We also cater for those who like to graze between main mealtimes or need an energy boost in order to avoid an afternoon lull. Adam Brannon, a member of the Content Marketing Team, runs the Summit charity tuck shop, offering a range of snacks and raising money for charity at the same time. So far, it’s been a huge success, and all profits will be donated to Dogs’ Trust.
The multiple benefits of healthy eating have been widely reported, and the impact that good nutrition can have on productivity, energy, concentration and morale in the workplace, makes it a hugely important consideration for employers. At Summit, we are big advocates of healthy snacking within the workplace. Therefore, we make a conscious effort to cater to the needs of our colleagues, and offer a range of options to enable everyone to eat healthy, sustaining meals and snacks throughout the workday.
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