Insight Wellness Works health coaches were recently in the kitchen with St Petersburg Fire & Rescue to provide the emergency response staff with direct, hands-on experience in planning and preparing quick, healthy meals. They worked with 2 stations in January to provide both a lunch and a dinner demonstration and will work with 5 additional stations over the course of February and March.
The health coaches educated and demonstrated how to prepare simple, healthy meals in their fast-paced work environment where shifts typically span multiple days at the station. The cooking demonstrations provided practical solutions to the everyday problem of “too little time to eat right”. Having a quick, healthy meal option is especially important for emergency responders as they often miss meals because they must respond to emergency calls.
The sessions were experiential learning events where each person was given a participatory role in the meal preparation. Everyone had a part in preparing the meal — chopping, spiralizing, mixing and sautéing. At the end of each session, participants sat down together and shared the fruits of their labor.
The sessions are part of the Healthy St Pete community initiative. Representing Healthy St Pete at each session was Jenna Botelho, Recreation Supervisor. Jenna remarked that “They are extremely knowledgeable and personable instructors which made it easy for the Firefighters to be able to communicate.”
The healthy cooking demonstrations are just one example out of a suite of creative employee wellness services that Insight Wellness Works offers to employers in Tampa Bay.
Insight Wellness Works is based in St. Petersburg, Florida, and has been serving employers in Tampa Bay and its surrounding cities since 2010. We have a large team of credentialed wellness professionals offering a suite of workplace wellness services that focus on health promotion and disease prevention. We change lives and transform the culture of health in workplaces. Contact us today to discuss how we can help your business and employees achieve wellness goals.