Make work meetings healthy, fun, and productive by incorporating physical activity breaks and serving nutritious meals and snacks.
Incorporate Physical Activity Breaks
- Avoid scheduling meetings during lunch hour
- Shorten one-hour meetings to 50 minutes to allow for time between meetings to stand, stretch, or walk
- Add 5-minute stretch breaks to meetings longer than 90 minutes.
- Add 15-minute physical activity breaks to full-day meetings
Serve Healthy Meals and Snacks
- Serve a healthy breakfast at early morning meetings with foods like fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, or whole grain breads.
- Serve a light lunch at meetings held between noon and 1:00 p.m.
- Provide healthy snacks like fruit, nuts, reduced-fat cheese, or low-fat/low-sodium trail mix at meetings lasting longer than two hours.
- Make water available at all meetings.
Nutritious Meal Planning Tips
- Use ChooseMyPlate.gov guidelines for meal planning:
- ½ plate fruit and/or veggie
- ¼ grain
- ¼ lean protein
- Order smaller portions and use smaller plates
- Order smaller portions of lighter desserts, such as fruit or cookies
- Request low-fat sauces and salad dressings and offer them on the side
- Request reduced-fat options
- Choose whole grains when available
- Select broth-based soups instead of cream-based soups
- Avoid fried foods
- Avoid sugar-sweetened sodas