What we eat, can not only have a massive impact on our long-term health and how well we age, but it can really effect how we perform at work, our energy levels and our mood.
Shift workers are at a greater risk of chronic health conditions than regular day workers, likely due to disrupted sleep and unusual eating patterns. Healthy food choices during unsociable hours can be more limited than ranges available 9-5. Rest days and down time are valuable, and the challenge of preparing healthy meals and snacks to take to work during that time can be overwhelming.
In the most recent 2021/22 National Policing Wellbeing Survey you told us very clearly that fatigue is a big issue within policing. Eating more nutritious foods can help rebalance your energy, helping you get off that rollercoaster of sugar spikes and dives. Foods that provide a more gradual release of energy, keep you fuller for longer, and help reduce the desire to snack and graze will boost your energy, improve your performance and reduce fatigue.
Through our nutrition for wellbeing programme we want to provide you with the knowledge of, how what you eat can improve both your physical and mental wellbeing.
We are exited to be working with Anna Earl, a former police officer, who now runs a nutritional therapy business, Nutrivival, specialising in nutrition to support shift workers. Anna will be hosting a series of webinars, sharing some bitesized tips and resources and building a new online toolkit to teach you how to improve the food choices you make to further promote good physical and mental wellbeing.
The first webinar, food for energy, will take place on Monday 5th December at 11am. You can register by using the button below.
An introduction to the programme from Anna
We've a whole page dedicated to the nutrition for wellbeing programme, where you will find details on upcoming webinars, links to resources and where we will be building up our other supporting materials.