Roth Health Day offers advice on diet and nutrition

02/05/2017

Roth Industries in Buchenau has held its fourth Health Day for its employees. While last year’s event focused on the dangers of addiction, on 25 April 2017, the employer shared information about how diet can influence health and well-being.

The company invited staff from Roth Werke in Dautphetal-Buchenau, Roth Composite Machinery in Steffenberg, Roth Hydraulics in Biedenkopf-Eckelshausen and Roth Plastic Technology in Dauphetal-Wolfgruben. The Roth atrium had a number of information stands offering employees free information about diet and nutrition. There were lots of tips and offers promoting a healthy and tasty diet. The ESG Institute for Nutrition, Sport and Health Management (Institut für Ernährung, Sport und Gesundheitsmanagement) in Essen has demonstrated that a proper diet is often sacrificed in times of non-stop availability, short deadlines and a high commitment to performance. As a result, we overeat, we consume too much sugar, fat and salt, we do not drink enough and we drink too many sugary drinks. A food display on the ESG Institute stand provided the Roth employees with interesting information about sugar and fat. There was a smoothie bar with freshly prepared mixed drinks made of fruit, vegetables and fruit juices.

Barmer, the health insurance company, had a stand which offered advice on drinking as well as a drinking schedule. You could look into your own drinking patterns and find out about the vitamin and mineral content in drinks from a display about drinks. The AOK health insurance fund focused on “antioxidants” – these are known as free radical scavengers. A diet containing antioxidants such as vitamins, beta carotene, flavonoids and selenium has a positive influence on health because they support the immune system. The AOK information stand had a biozoom “body check” which could be used to measure the level of antioxidants in a person’s own body, and, in turn, check their body’s defences. The occupational health service also offered checks for blood sugar and cholesterol levels as well as blood pressure. Roth provided bottles of water and baskets of fruit to make sure that employees were able to eat healthily and have sufficient amounts to drink for the rest of the working day.


   

Roth’s Head of HR, Michael Donges, said: “Healthy eating and drinking maintains our health and helps us to respond positively to the demands of our everyday working life, as well as improving our personal well-being. We want to encourage our employees to have a responsible attitude towards diet and health.”