The SA Wellness Review: Smart choices make life better

We cannot change our genetic make-up, our past experiences or many of our circumstances but we do have the power to make better choices in order to shape a healthier future for our loved ones and ourselves. The South African Wellness Review, a study just released by leading functional food brand FUTURELIFE®and employee wellbeing services provider HealthInSite, has drawn fascinating correlations between our dietary choices and other health-related behaviours. This is the first study of its kind in South Africa. Based on a broad demographic sample of 6 000 South Africans surveyed over a period of one year, the research indicated that there is a strong likelihood of a single “healthy” behaviour being associated with multiple healthy habits.

Does sacrificing exercise time with the family for a few extra hours at the office or skipping breakfast to get to work early to accommodate a looming deadline sound familiar? Consider the negative behaviour formed through those bad habits. Individuals who don’t eat breakfast, for example:
· Were more likely to smoke (49% of breakfast skippers smoke, versus 16% of breakfast eaters)
· Drink more than three units of alcohol a day (51% of breakfast skippers drank more than three units of alcohol per day versus 32% of breakfast eaters).
· Were more likely to be physically inactive (36% of breakfast skipper were inactive versus 21% of breakfast eaters)
· Complained of having high stress levels (36% of breakfast skippers complained of high stress levels versus 21% of breakfast eaters).

Results show that healthy living results in improved work productivity. “The SA Wellness Review shows that on average, people who make poor diet choices, for example, those who eat takeaways daily, are unproductive for nearly a quarter (23%) of their day – this includes time away from work, as well as wasted time while at work”, says Dr Denis Cronson, Managing Director of HealthInSite.

According to FUTURELIFE®Dietitian, Michelle Bristow, convenience, time constraints and accessibility are contributing factors when it comes to forming good eating habits. This can be corrected with the right attitude and approach to our daily habits and efficient solutions to assist our on-the-go lifestyles.

FUTURELIFE®offers a solution that is based on ensuring that these nutritional needs are met in a convenient, quick and versatile format. Offering health benefits beyond basic nutritional requirements in a way that has been shown to improve health, well-being and reduce the risk of disease is the foundation that the brand is based on. Using a functional food like FUTURELIFE®and understanding the importance of boundaries to help attain life balance are the building blocks to healthier choices and in turn a healthier lifestyle.