Why Nutrition Is Key to Both Better Health and Better Engagement

Why Nutrition Is Key to Both Better Health and Better Engagement

For most of us the key to better health is very simple: controlling what and how much we eat. As the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services puts it: “Your food choices each day affect your health — how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future.”

Think about that. Each of us has the opportunity to feel better, look better, live healthier, and live longer — just by choosing to eat healthier. We each have the power to choose, based simply upon what and how much we put on our plate, whether we’ll be more healthy, or less healthy. Unfortunately, whether intentional or not, most Americans are choosing to be less healthy based upon the type and amount of foods they consume.

It’s an Epidemic

Poor nutrition is thought to be largely to blame for the epidemic of obesity currently underway in America. According to the HHS: “Unhealthy eating habits have contributed to the obesity epidemic in the United States: about one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese.”

The consequences of the obesity epidemic are devastating. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity “…is associated with poorer mental health outcomes, reduced quality of life, and the leading causes of death in the U.S. and worldwide, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer.”

A recent New York Times article puts it a bit more bluntly: Our Food Is Killing Too Many of Us. The simple fact is that the foods many Americans are eating, whether  driven by poor education, limited access, insufficient financial means or inability to establish healthy eating habits, are shortening their lives and diminishing their quality of life.

But there is a silver lining to that dark cloud.

All in all, most people face a number of challenges in their efforts to eat the right foods. A study performed about the barriers to healthy eating found that the three most common roadblocks to adopting a healthy diet are:

  1. Lack of time
  2. Reluctance to give up favorite foods
  3. Lack of willpower

How ChipRewards Can Help

There’s no doubt that the members of your wellness program can benefit from adopting healthier diets. And it’s equally certain that your program can also benefit in many ways from a healthier member population.

The key question is this: How can you help your members move toward a healthier nutritional lifestyle?

The answer? CR Nutrition application.

The CR Nutrition application is a tool that can help drive members toward a healthier lifestyle based upon better diet and nutrition. It helps members to:

  • Create individualized meal plans
  • Search for recipes certified for healthy lifestyles
  • Build shopping lists based on individualized health needs
  • Earn immediate rewards for taking small steps towards better nutrition
  • Develop eating habits and routines that ensure long term adherence to healthy eating patterns

And the ChipRewards application permits members to search and find recipes based on both macro- and micro-ingredients.

Ultimately, the ChipRewards Nutrition application helps members consistently make the right decisions in choosing what to eat, how much to eat and when to eat.

Here’s the Bonus for Your Program…

The CR Nutrition application offers your members a vast array of recipes to choose from. Members can find specific recipes that suits their tastes, suits their nutritional needs, and that also provides that vital spice of life: variety. Members can do this all while earning rewards and seeing immediate and, eventually, long-term results.

But the Nutrition application also helps to keep members engaged. And that’s a wonderful bonus. Because engagement is just as important to the health of your program as nutrition is to the health of your members.

Josh Smithey
josh.smithey@chiprewards.com

VP of Products and Sales Enablement - ChipRewards