The Value of Community

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Jul 26

THE VALUE / BENEFITS OF COMMUNITY [MEALS]

When we’re busy at work, taking a relaxing break in the middle of the day seems impossible. However, studies have shown that that’s exactly what we need. Lunch is the perfect time to step away from our desks and join our co-workers in giving our bodies what they need to power through the rest of the day - nutritious food and social connectedness. 

While we all know the benefits of eating a healthy meal, we might not be aware of the myriad of benefits that come with spending time with colleagues. 

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Productivity/improved teamwork 

At work places across the country, employees are subjected to team-building exercises meant to develop bonds between co-workers. However, there might be an easier, more pleasant way of creating groups that trust, respect and support one another - eating a meal together.

According to a study by Kevin Kniffin of Cornell University, there is a direct correlation between sharing meals and more cohesive, higher performing teams. Kniffin’s team studied hundreds of firefighters and found that those who participated in preparing and sharing group meals had significantly higher group performance than those who didn’t.

The researchers went on to say that traditional office workers could benefit from this practice as well. Groups that spend time together over a meal form healthy relationships with improved communication which allows them to approach projects and tasks in a more creative and unified way.

Improved eating habits

Built in support group for healthy eating choices

It’s no surprise that we are influenced by those around us, especially when it comes to food choices. If the office break room is filled with colleagues eating donuts and drinking extra large sodas, it’s a natural desire to join in. Established “food norms” become part of the culture of a workplace and are hard to work against.

If you’d rather make more nutritious food choices, it’s helpful to have a group that encourages that behavior. Collaborating with co-workers to improve your health will make it easier to achieve your desired goal. Studies show that groups who support, encourage and most importantly hold each other accountable are far more likely to achieve success {Completely made up}. Hopefully, the success of your group will encourage changes in others and create a healthier work environment all around.

Promotes mindful eating (less likely to overeat)

Although groups sometimes indulge when they’re together, having pre-portioned meals means that you can focus on the flavors and the conversation without worrying about extra calories.

{Maybe not this part - copy for another page or in right column, or maybe a call out block - Shareable Feast creates weekly menus full of whole-food that is not only satisfying and enjoyable, but also nourishing to the body. By preparing one of these meals and sharing in the meals cooked by your coworkers all week, you are acting as a support group in improving your health.}

Shareable Feast creates weekly menus full of whole-food that is not only satisfying and enjoyable, but also nourishing to the body. By preparing one of these meals and sharing in the meals cooked by your coworkers all week, you are acting as a support group in improving your health.

Social support = longer life

Eating healthy meals, exercising and getting enough sleep are at the top of everyone’s list for improving health, while spending time with others is seen as optional. However, studies have shown that a lack of social connections is more harmful to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure.Not to mention, our lives are fuller and more enjoyable when we share experiences with others. While it’s easy to “share” our lives online and feel that we’re making connections by scrolling through friends (and strangers) posts on social media, stronger connections are always made with face to face interactions.

Professor of Psychology, John Cacioppo, from University of Chicago found that there are three core dimensions that people should focus on to improve social connectivity: (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140216151411.htm)

  1. Intimate connectedness - feeling that you have someone in your life that “gets” you.

  2. Relational connectedness - having mutually rewarding face-to-face contacts.

  3. Collective connectedness - Feeling that you’re part of a group beyond yourself.

There are many ways to work on improving and growing social circles, from joining a book club or sports team to eating lunch with coworkers. Most important is the need to recognize how vital socializing is to health and to make an active effort to engage with others.

The easier path is to isolate yourself at home or at work and simply “like” what your “friends” are doing. By choosing to put yourself out there, you’re improving the quality and longevity of your life.

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