The NutriScience Corporate Wellness program is based on the latest cutting-edge innovations in human biochemistry and exercise physiology research. The nutritional component of the program focuses on choosing the right food as fuel, and the powerful effect that food has on energy level, weight management, and performance.
The theoretical underpinning is an understanding of the blood sugar and inflammation pathways, the effect of the three macronutrients (namely protein, fats, and carbohydrates) on the body’s blood sugar and hormonal balance, as well as the resultant effect on energy, fat storage, hunger, mental and emotional state, stress, and disease prevention.
Healthy Living, Healthy Company
Unlike traditional diet programs, the Energyfirst lifestyle approach does not advocate the outdated paradigms of calorie counting, use of scales, and dieting. Instead, the program promotes the tracking of body composition and other indicators of health (including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and triglycerides); awareness of physical, mental and emotional energy levels (how you feel); and health-enhancing food choices as a new, positive paradigm for success. Its philosophy is very clear, effective, and is sustainable long-term. Contrary to the prevailing diet industry, there are no gimmicks, pre-packaged meals, or quick-fix, cure-all pills.
You Want Results?
The program is result-oriented, with 75% of the results attributed to nutrition, 20% to effective exercise, and 5% to essential vitamin/mineral supplementation. The program’s success is measured in terms of objectively measurable indicators, including body composition (simultaneous fat loss and enhanced lean muscle mass measured by body fat percentage), circumference measurements, blood panel (cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose), cardiovascular fitness (resting heart rate), and blood pressure; as well as subjectively measurable indicators including energy levels, mental clarity, sense of well-being, and strength.
Critical concepts underlying the Energyfirst Program include hunger avoidance (through 4-6 meals and/or snacks per day), realistic “cheating” (allowing 1-3 cheat meals per week), and a “measurable progress through reasonable time” approach. Unlike traditional diet programs that have a well-documented 2% success rate, the Energyfirst approach has stood the test of time, with a seven year history showing a high success rate with sustainability and hundreds of testimonials that support its success.
What are the components of The EnergyFirst Wellness Program?
The Education Components:
Seminars – In-house and interactive seminars conducted by trained and certified Nutrition and Wellness experts, cover topics including:
- Meal and snack preparation demonstration
- Body composition testing/individual counselling for seminar participants
- Training- Cafeteria staff training (in healthy, balanced meal and snack preparation)- in-house wellness program manager in components of the program
- Weekly conference calls for Q&A, 30 minutes in duration
- Monthly newsletters (audio and/or written)
- Audio and video material for in-house website
- Unlimited email support
- Daily health diary analysis
Educational materials are provided include:
- Practical Guidebook – Simple-to-follow practical guidebook for every employee covering the basics of the education program – shopping list, 7-day meal plan, snack and meal guides, healthy recipes, how to read labels, etc.
- Success Journal – including health progress tracking tools
- DVD educational materials covering the topics below
- Quick-start guide – brief introduction to the program and quick guide to getting started
Topics are covered include:
- Introduction to a healthy lifestyle
- Three action steps for achieving health and energy for life
- Health is a choice (the need to choose behaviors that produce the health results one desires)
- Motivation for adopting a healthy lifestyle (benefits and results that can be expected)
- The power of lifestyle (statistics linking lifestyle and top 4 killing diseases)
- Setting effective, achievable health and fitness goals that will set you up for success (interactive)
- Why tracking body composition is more effective than tracking weight alone
- How to use a daily health diary to track progress towards goals
- Indicators of health and aging (cholesterol, blood pressure, triglycerides, C-reactive protein, Homocysteine, body fat) – what are optimal levels, what are high risk levels
- Why diets set you up for failure
- Analysis of popular diets including South Beach, The Zone, Atkins, Weight Watchers, etc.
- Biological individuality: there is no one-size fits all program
- A simple equation for optimal health
- Explanation of how to achieve optimal blood sugar, glucagon, cortisol, and insulin levels and why that is important
- How food you eat affects blood sugar and hormone levels and their connection with energy fluctuations, weight gain, blood pressure, diabetes, inflammation, cravings, mental fog, stroke, cancer, heart disease
- Why acid/alkaline balance in the body is important and how to regulate that through diet
- A simple test to determine your acid/alkaline balance
- The importance of staying hydrated
- What foods/liquids are dehydrators
- The impact of alcohol on the body and how much is acceptable
- The impact of caffeine on the body and how much is acceptable
- Test for determining if you are carbohydrate sensitive and predisposed to diabetes
- What is protein and why is it important
- High fat protein vs. low fat protein – what is best
- What are low fat sources of protein
- Is red meat good for you?
- Is fish safe?
- What about dairy?
- What is whey protein and why are busy people, athletes, and cancer patients using it?
- Whey protein vs. soy and vegetable protein
- How much protein do you really need?
- “Low fat” – the marketing myth
- Good fats vs. bad fats
- Is cooking with fats and oils healthy?
- What are the health benefits of omega 3 and 6 essential fats
- What are “good carbohydrates”?
- What are the carbohydrates to avoid and why?
- Why do you need carbohydrates?
- How do you determine the perfect ratio of carbohydrates for YOUR body
- Why “very low carb” and “no carb” diets are not healthy
- What are the best carbohydrates and how and when should you eat them for optimal health and energy?
- The benefits of green tea
- Why artificial sweeteners are not healthy alternatives to sugar
- What are acceptable healthy sweeteners
- How to achieve the correct balance of foods for your body
- Determining optimal caloric intake
- The Energyfirst shake – the perfect meal (recipes, fine-tuning, taste, texture) – (audience participation)
- Preparing 7-day meal plans for the entire family
- Healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack ideas
- Healthy snack ideas
- Healthy lunch ideas
- Healthy dinner ideas
- Healthy dessert ideas
- Healthy dining out
- Healthy cooking tips
- Healthy shopping hints
- How to breathe and exercise properly for optimal energy and fat burning
- How to get great results with 1.5 hours of exercise a week
- What is the Heavy Hands Walking program (audience participation)
- The importance of rest and recovery
- What are the signs of overtraining?
- Why we need vitamin/mineral supplementation and what supplements are “essential”
- What are antioxidants and why do we need them?
- Discussion of nutrients and herbs that can help prevent and heal common health issues including: high cholesterol, digestive issues, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, PMS, menopause, colitis, ileitis, arthritis, tendonitis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, prostrate cancer and BPH, inflammatory disorders, eczema, MS, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, etc.
- Nutrients and herbs for relieving stress
- Nutrients and supplements for boosting immunity
- Essential nutrients for children
- How to help your children transition to a healthy lifestyle
- The link between ADD/ADHD and diet
- What are the simple action steps to kick-start a healthy lifestyle program
- Fine-tuning your healthy lifestyle for life-long results
- How to listen to your body to determine what is working and what is not
How is each element of the program – nutrition, exercise, supplementation – implemented?The basic in-house wellness program, to be implemented congruently with the education program, comprises:
How is the nutrition component implemented?
Offering distilled or reverse osmosis filtered water to employees (preferably in 4 gallon dispensers rather than individual bottles – more cost effective and environmentally sound). Offering tea in addition to coffee, and encouraging decaf coffee rather than caffeinated, as well as healthy alternatives (e.g. stevia) to sugar and artificial sweeteners.
(Optional) Making available on-site the ingredients and tools necessary to make the EnergyFirst Shake for breakfast (most importantly), lunch, or snacks during the work day (Whey Protein, Omega Oil Blend, Greenergy, frozen fruit, and blender or frozen drink machine in lunch rooms or cafeteria).
Healthier snack options:
Removing sodas, candy, and chips from vending machines and cafeterias and offering healthy snack alternatives including protein bars, low fat cheese sticks, raw nuts, raw seeds, fruit, and bottled water.
Healthier lunch options:
Removing hydrogenated fats, fried foods, and sugar-laden desserts from the menu and replacing with grilled chicken salads, tuna salad, salmon, chicken, and tuna burgers on a whole wheat bun with salad, pita bread pockets, cottage cheese, non-fat yogurt, pita pizzas, fresh fruit, raw vegetable sticks with healthy dips, protein bars, almonds, etc.
How is the exercise component implemented?
Heavy Hands walking program. Installing treadmills and light hand weights (1 to 10 lbs) on-site in an exercise room, displaying full-size graphics of the Heavy Hands walking program. Encouraging (and offering incentives to do so) 30 minute exercise breaks each day. For instance, schedule various exercise time blocks per department.
How is the supplementation component implemented?
Encouraging the use of a multi vitamin/mineral and antioxidants.
Are there any additional lifestyle components that will complement the program?
Stress management classes including deep breathing, meditation, and other relaxation techniques that can be implemented during the work day; smoking cessation educational classes and support groups. Enforce a no-smoking policy on premises, coupled with smoking cessation education programs, “the patch” (which is statistically the most effective method for smoking cessation), and support groups. Note: Secure commitment from employees to adopt at least one of the above program components.
What other implementation strategies are suggested?
- Identify healthy eateries and restaurants in close proximity to the workplace. Compile menus from local eateries and identify healthy items for employees to choose from.
- Post nutrition information on cafeteria food and vending machine options
- Keep employees constantly informed through continuing education
- Encourage family participation in education programs.
- Host family sports day events with healthy snacks provided
- Host bi-annual health fares offering cholesterol screening, blood pressure tests, blood sugar tests, body composition tests, coupled with education programs.
What Metrics are used for tracking progress?
Body fat percentage, weight, and circumference measurement tracking once per month; cholesterol screening, blood pressure tests, once every 3 months.
What are the anticipated immediate benefits?
Increased energy, productivity, drive, focus, and improved customer service, morale, and loyalty.
What are the anticipated long term benefits?
Improved health statistics, reduced health care costs, reduced absenteeism.