Monthly Archives: September 2018

HR Focus: Recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every October, the entire country turns pink. While it may be pretty, wearing pink or offering pink products does little to educate employees about breast cancer or raise money for the cause. In October, which has become the nation’s annual observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, your company should develop a plan to provide information and education to employees on breast cancer prevention and early detection, as well as to find meaningful ways to raise funds for breast cancer research. Participating in Breast Cancer Awareness Month can help align your company with a worthy cause if done properly.

Here are some impactful ways your company can get involved this October:

Provide breast cancer prevention information and educational materials to employees and clients and their families.

Advocate for the cause by being proactive in helping employees take charge of their health. Connecting your company to breast cancer prevention can bring good will to your brand while providing useful information for women. Create a handout (with breast cancer facts, risk factors, mammogram information, and how to perform a self-exam) that employees can take home and use. Or add your logo to these pocket sliders (small interactive slide charts in which you match up the bullet point and view information and tips in the cutout window) available at

Share breast cancer facts and prevention tips on your company’s social media.

Get creative on Facebook and Instagram by sharing photos and memes with prevention tips and breast cancer facts for the entire month of October.

Share breast cancer and nutrition facts.

There is a lot of misinformation about the causes of breast cancer, especially when it comes to diet. As a food service company, clarifying the connections of breast cancer and diet can have a big impact. Share the facts through educational materials, blogs, newsletters, and social media. A good place to start is

Share survivor stories.

Sharing breast cancer survivor stories and photos is also a powerful way to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you have employees or clients who are willing to share their breast cancer stories, include their photos and stories in your company’s blog and/or newsletter with links to your social media.

Organize a company team for a Breast Cancer Walk/Run or other event.

There are numerous Breast Cancer Walks/Runs and other fundraising events happening in October all over the country. Find a local event and organize a company team to get involved by fundraising and participating the day of the event. At the event, your team can wear t-shirts with your company name and logo and give away promotional products to promote your partnership.




The Keto Diet – Is It Safe?

You’ve probably heard of the Keto Diet or known someone who’s following it. It has gained popularity  in recent years because it can result in quick and sometimes extreme weight loss. But is it safe?

The Ketogenic (Keto) Diet requires a person to eat little-to-no-carbohydrates and instead consume mostly high-fat and protein-rich foods. The purpose of the diet is to change your body’s metabolism so it reaches a state called “ketosis.” This means that instead of your body getting energy from carbohydrates, once in ketosis, your body shifts to burning fats for energy. This can then result in significant weight loss.

However, nutritionists and doctors have cautioned about following this type of diet. Not only is it hard to follow long-term, but it also omits many fruits and vegetables that are necessary for important nutrients. It may also pose cardiac risks, especially for those who already suffer from heart disease or high blood pressure or have other risk factors.

A challenge to follow

While eating a diet full of meat, cheese, and butter may sound appealing to some, the Keto Diet actually requires complex eating plans to get the right amount of proteins, fats,  and carbs to put the body into ketosis.

Followers of the diet also develop what’s known as the “keto flu,” which can cause symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, nausea, constipation, or diarrhea, fogginess, and increased hunger. Symptoms usually start three days to one week after starting the diet and can last up to two weeks or more.

Not enough nutrients

Because the diet restricts carbohydrates to only 2-4 percent of the diet, nutritionists say it’s not sustainable long-term. You will need to take supplements and vitamins since you won’t be getting essential nutrients from foods, and you may also need fiber supplements to keep your digestive system working properly.

Not only are you depriving your body of crucial nutrients found in fruits and vegetables, but (like most people) you may start to crave bread or pasta—then give in to those cravings. As soon as carbohydrates are reintroduced, any weight lost will be quickly regained.

The ketogenic diet is a very restrictive plan that really only provides a temporary, quick fix. Because it’s too difficult to stick to, you would be better off making a lifestyle change by eating a well-balanced diet that incorporates good carbs, such as whole grains, combined with healthy fats and moderate amounts of proteins, with a focus on whole foods and less heavily processed foods. Add in portion control and exercise, and you’ll be on your way to a healthy, long-term weight loss.




Quick Dinner Recipes for Families on the Go

Schedules tend to get hectic this time of year with the kids back in school and busy with extracurricular activities. With everyone running in different directions, it’s easy to forgo family dinners and just run by the drive-thru. While that’s OK when you’re really in a pinch for time, you don’t want to make it a regular habit.

Here are five healthy dinner recipes for stress-free meal planning for families on-the-go. Each recipe takes only 30 minutes or less to make, so you’ll still have plenty of time to help kids with homework, cart them to and from sports, piano or dance lessons, and maybe even do a load of laundry.

BBQ Chicken Crescent Roll-Ups and Garlic Green Beans

An easy meal for busy weeknights that kids and grown-ups will both love. Unroll-and-bake crescent rolls are stuffed with shredded barbecue chicken, Swiss cheese, and a tasty cream cheese blend. Dress up frozen green beans for a healthy side dish and you’re done. These also make great game-day snacks!

Chicken & Cheese Tortilla Pie

A dish made with store-bought, ready-to-eat rotisserie chicken combined with cheese and other ingredients to make a hearty Mexican dish. You can substitute tomatoes for olives or add black beans for some fiber, or modify the recipe based on your family’s preferences. It can be easily created in minutes!—cheese-tortilla-pie/

Tuna Carbonara

Made with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, this tuna recipe can be made in about 20 minutes. This is a great option when you’re really pressed for time because you can easily substitute ingredients based on what you already have on hand. The only things you’ll really need are some sort of pasta, tuna, bacon, eggs, cream, and Parmesan or Romano cheese.

Three-Bean Chili

For those upcoming cold or rainy nights, this three-bean chili packs just enough spice to warm you up. Plus, it’s easy to make and serves six, so if you have a smaller family, it’s great for leftovers for lunch.

Beefy Macaroni and Cheese

Kids love mac and cheese, and this version adds beef for added flavor and protein. Serve with a side vegetable for a complete meal of comfort food for any busy weeknight.

Finding Time to Exercise for Busy Parents

Now that kids are back in school, and you’re back in your daily routine, finding the time to exercise can be a challenge for busy parents. Whether you’re working full-time or part-time along with taking care of a newborn, chasing after a toddler, or chauffeuring older kids to and from school and activities, it’s easy to go for days without fitting in a workout. Add in a hefty dose of guilt for not spending your free time with your kids, and it’s a recipe for abandoning regular exercise altogether.

With such busy lives, we have to schedule in time to exercise every week, or it may never happen. Think of it as another way to stay healthy for your family. Even if you get in 10-minute increments throughout the day, just moving more will make a huge difference in your overall health, outlook, and well-being, which in turn, will only make you a better parent.

Make exercise a priority by using these tips for finding ways to sneak it into a busy lifestyle:


Got a baby or toddler? Take advantage of nap time by loading your little one(s) into a jogging stroller and take a walk, or run for 30 minutes.

Find a buddy

Enlist a friend to share workouts. You’re less likely to skip a workout if you’ve promised to meet a friend at the gym or at the park for a walk. Or you can also trade babysitting duties while the other works out.

Play with your kids

Spend time with your kids and exercise at the same time. Kick around a soccer ball with your kids in the yard; go on a bike ride together; walk the dog, or take them to the playground, and join in a game of chase or tag.

Download it

There are endless workout videos available for download as well as on DVD. Especially when it’s raining or the weather turns cold, working out at home to a video is an easy way to fit in exercise. You can even have your kids join you to make it a fun, family affair.

Hit the gym

Join a gym that offers childcare or offers a children’s program your kids can participate in while you and your spouse or partner work out.

Lunch break

If your office allows, eat lunch at your desk, and use your lunch break to go to the gym, or walk or run outdoors a few days a week.

Rise and shine

Get up early before the rest of your house, and get your workout out in before your family’s hectic morning routine starts. You’ll start the day energized and won’t have any excuses later in the day when things like a sick child or schedule changes could derail your workout plans.