Former Munster and Ireland rugby player Alan Quinlan discussed health and wellbeing in the workplace at an event in Waterford recently.
As health and wellness ambassador for Aramark, one of Ireland’s leading food companies, Quinlan is on a mission to get the country eating more healthy foods and to be more aware of the importance of drinking water and staying hydrated.
“As a professional sportsperson, we are trained in the importance of eating well. We’re taught that food is fuel, and the kinds of foods and drinks you consume determine the types of nutrients in your system and impact on how well your mind and body are able to function. The old phrase ‘you are what you eat’ really rings true,” Alan Quinlan said at the event in Sanofi Waterford.
Alan later donned his chef’s hat and jacket for a cooking demonstration. “It’s all about balance. Healthy eating is not about depriving yourself of the foods you love. Think of your diet in terms of colour, variety and freshness. Focus on avoiding packaged and processed foods and opt for more fresh ingredients. Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and reducing your intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates can help to improve your mood and lower your risk for mental health problems.
“This event in Waterford is a great example of reaching out and talking about the importance of health and wellbeing, especially in the workplace. Simple steps such as drinking water regularly throughout the day, eating more fresh fruit and vegetables or cutting down on the amount of sugar and salt you eat can make a big difference,” Quinlan added.
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