Importance of Healthy Diet and Nutrition in Wellbeing Programs
As goes the old saying “A healthy mind rests in a healthy body” a healthy diet is an essential part of physical and mental wellbeing. A healthy diet plan not only boosts your immunity for protection against contagious diseases, but also protects you from other congenital diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart and lung disorders. A healthy diet should consist of a balanced proportion of protein, vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals, and antioxidants and reduced quantities of salt, sugar, and trans-fats.
A Wellbeing program is a comprehensive health initiative to improve individuals' overall lifestyles. A healthy and nutritious diet plan undoubtedly has an important part to play. Wellbeing programs aim to improve physical and mental health with activities like:
- Weight loss regimes
- Stress management or resilience education
- Smoking termination programs
Including a healthy diet in a Wellbeing program is a step towards creating a healthy body and mind as it increases focus and provides the body the energy to keep active throughout the day."
Benefits of a Healthy Diet Plan
There is absolutely no doubt about the fact that following a healthy diet is immensely beneficial as it boosts smooth body functions. Here we have listed some of the top benefits of a healthy diet plan:
Helps lower BMI Score
A healthy diet can reduce the problem of obesity and excess or low body weight. A balanced proportion of green vegetables, whole fruits, healthy fats, and protein sources like chicken, fish, eggs, mushrooms, tofu, or pulses can provide the body with balanced calories and maintain the required BMI.
Helps In Diabetes Management
Diabetes is a global health problem irrespective of age and unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits aggravate the disease. Adopting a healthy lifestyle as well as a balanced diet can keep this disease in tab. Following a diet plan by including healthy greens, beans, low - glycaemic index foods, and excluding sugary and junk foods can keep this disease at bay.
Boosts Heart Health
Unhealthy eating habits increase cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood causing heart blockage, and ultimately weakening the heart. On the contrary, a healthy diet with fresh green vegetables, fruits, plant-based protein, and avoiding junk and sugary foods can help check cholestrol levels in the blood, thereby improving heart health.
Reduce the Risk of Cancer
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death globally. Leading an unhealthy lifestyle only aggravates the chances of acquiring the disease. Including certain food like berries, watermelon, broccoli, cabbage, tomato, garlic, turmeric, ginger, and leafy greens in your diet plan can inhibit the progression of cancer.
A healthy immune system acts as a shield against infectious, autoimmune diseases, common flu, and contagious diseases and aids speedier recovery. A diet plan with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals boosts immunity and promotes health.
Simple Tips for Healthy Eating
Following are some quick and easy tips you can follow for healthy eating
- Rather than a “no carbs” diet, include good carbs in your diet like whole grains
- Proteins are a must, so include fish and poultry in the diet and for vegetarian diet nuts, beans and pulses are the best choices.
- Go for healthy fats, restrict foods high in saturated fats and curb trans-fat food items.
- Make a shift to plant oils, nuts, and fish that are rich in antioxidants
- Include fibrous food like whole grains, vegetables, and fruits in the diet
- Calcium is essential for healthy bones, teeth, and immunity, but milk is not the only option. Curd, citrus fruits, berries, and green vegetables are also rich in vitamin C.
- Keep yourself hydrated with lots of water.
Cigna Wellbeing Offerings
Cigna offers all its members wellbeing offerings for a healthy body and mind with the help of various positive, engagement, and champion support activities. We initiate a comprehensive wellbeing program by creating and implementing strategies and delivering customized content for developing successful health awareness initiatives. We believe that a perfect balance of healthy body and mind is essential for overall wellbeing, therefore our wellbeing offerings are crafted to motivate you towards improving your health. With features like dedicated wellbeing apps, target risk assessment, 24/7 telehealth service across the globe in multiple languages, and a chronic case management program, we aim to monitor the overall wellbeing of our members.