Improve your health (without worrying about food or exercise)

And a simple tip for business travelers

If you’ve been reading this blog over the past few months, you know that Miller Brooks recently started a Health & Fitness committee. I must say, it has been a wonderful thing, especially as we are all thinking about the arrival of Spring and Summer and having thoughts of long, lazy weekends spent lying by the pool. Besides trying to get into top physical shape, the topic of health as it relates to the brain also comes to mind (Pun intended. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.).

I recently read an article in the April issue of Experience Life magazine about something that I have wondered about from time to time: electromagnetic fields.

Electromagnetic fields

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are physical fields produced by electrically charged objects. I know of two such EMFs in and around the areas that I drive, because my car acts funny when I drive through them. Turn signals go haywire and my electronic lock system doesn’t work. So even though I can’t see the EMFs, I know they are there. Granted, I don’t spend much time in these locations, so I really don’t think about them often.

So, what does this have to do with marketing and business?

Recently, I was talking with a colleague about the use of alarm clocks in hotel rooms while traveling on business. Since front-desk wake-up calls can be less than reliable, we both said that we use our smart phones as portable alarm clocks.

Discovering EMFs in your daily life

Did you know that your cell phone and other electronics emit EMFs, though? I don’t claim to be an expert on the topic, but from what I have read, it doesn’t seem like a healthy idea to keep the cell phone literally inches from your brain while you sleep at night. Reading the book Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution, by Ann Louise Gittleman (HarperOne, 2010), might open your eyes to a new perspective. The website features a short quiz you can take to learn how electronics are giving off EMFs in your daily life – and simple ways you can make healthy changes.

I have decided that in an effort to be healthier, I am going to keep my cell phone at a greater distance from my head while I sleep at night. If that means that I have to have it charging in a different room and keep it farther away while in a hotel room, then that is what I’m going to do. (This gives me the added benefit of actually getting up and not being tempted to hit the snooze button.)

What about you? Will you join me in moving the cell phone from your nightstand table in an effort to limit EMFs from zapping your brain?

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Start your day at the office on the right foot

Healthy tips in a guest post from PR-intern Matt

Our PR intern, Matt, offers his perspective on healthy eating in a special blog post today. Enjoy!

Did you know that those who skip breakfast are 4.5 times more likely to be obese? It’s true.

Although I’ve only been at Miller Brooks a short time, I have already heard about a number of different diets my coworkers are trying out, and I’ve seen what people are eating at lunch. This health-conscious company recently instituted a health and fitness committee that is now providing a weekly supply of fresh fruit for employees to snack on throughout the day.

Fitness and health are subjects that have always interested me, so I was thrilled to find the environment here so supportive. That being said, it never hurts to be reminded of some basic tips for healthier eating.

Sub: The most important meal of the day

People of all ages struggle with balancing health and fitness within their own lives. One easy but important change to make — and one I take to heart — is simple: eat breakfast. As we’ve all heard throughout our lives, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, mainly because it’s the first.

This meal is what starts your day and, more importantly, your metabolism. Think of your body as a train. Your metabolism is the engine, and food is like coal (or wood, if you prefer). The engine constantly needs to be fed with your choice of fuel to continue running throughout the day. So, this first meal of the day “sparks the fire,” so to speak. Ideally, it’s good to eat throughout the day to keep that fire going. Caffeine isn’t a completely unhealthy option to help accomplish this as well, if you consume it in small, reasonable quantities. In fact, research has suggested that caffeine can help keep you energized throughout the day (duh!), with minimal negative effects. Other good snacks to keep that fire going include a handful of peanuts; pretzels and carrots with hummus; or celery with peanut butter.

Back to breakfast, though. If you are too busy to eat a full, nutritious breakfast, you have options to help start the day right. Breakfast should include fiber and protein at a minimum. The most obvious choice to me – and what I started my morning with today – is whole-wheat toast with peanut butter. Peanuts, eggs and dairy are all fairly high in protein. These are usually easy to include in your breakfast in some form.

Without a doubt, adding any fruit or vegetable is always a plus. Today, I added a banana. Bananas are high in potassium, which has been shown to reduce the risks of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. Any fruit has benefits: for example, oranges are loaded with vitamin C, and apples contain pectin, a chemical known to reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels.

If you have been skipping breakfast, one of the most important changes you can make this year is to STOP! Skipping a meal is the most destructive thing you can do to your body and your waistline!

For more information about the benefits of easy-to-find fruits and vegetables, click here.


A healthier Miller Brooks

New committee hopes to make us all a little fitter

Just in time for the holidays, some health-conscious staffers have formed Miller Brooks’ first-ever Health & Fitness committee! They’ve crafted a plan to help all of us be a little healthier – and it includes you! How?

Guest lunches: We have a lot of lunch meetings in the office. Starting now, we’ll be choosing and providing some healthier options, such as whole-grain bread on sandwiches and fresh fruit instead of creamy potato-salad sides.

Spread the love: Look for healthy tips and recipes here on the blog and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

And speaking of the holidays, you know what that means: lots and lots and lots of food. It starts with turkey and pumpkin pie and ramps up from there. Most workplaces become filled with gift-basket landmines, leftovers from get-togethers, and dessert-heavy holiday parties.

While we love and fully support the wonderful spirit behind all of this, we would like to make the MB office a little less dangerous for our waistlines! Our H&F committee is encouraging our staff to bring healthier food to share with everyone, and we’d love to have outside support, too.

So, what else does our committee have planned?

Snacks and beverages in the office: We’re going to begin having a bin of organic fruit delivered from Green B.E.A.N. Delivery, which will provide healthier snack options for our crew. Raw nuts and other whole foods will be on hand for a protein boost, too.

As a group, we consume a lot of pop/soda in a week! We’re going to start having True Lemon and True Lime on hand to make plain water more enticing, and we’ll see if having sparkling water or juice in the refrigerator makes a difference as well.

Local events: Central Indiana has no shortage of races and active events! The committee will be sharing event dates, and we’re planning to organize a group to participate in Race for the Cure next April.

Active outings: Throughout 2011, MBers will have opportunities to go out together and get moving. The ideas and details are under wraps for now, but we’re excited to see what the H&F team comes up with!

Challenges: Beginning the week after Thanksgiving and running up to Christmas, the staff will be wearing pedometers and logging the number of steps they take each day. Daily and weekly challenges (for prizes!) will keep people motivated. MB has also been encouraging everyone to not forget the value of face-to-face communication, so we’ll see if earning points for the number of steps you take in a day becomes an incentive to get away from email!

Now we’d love to hear from you! What great health and fitness-related practices, activities, or rewards does your company have? What have you had in the past that you wish you had again? What would you love to see implemented?

Here’s to the healthiest holiday season yet!


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