2018
Executive Commentary
Paying It Forward Pays Off
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide President, Sodexo North America

About 30 years ago I met the person who would inspire me in so many ways, and especially in my understanding of gratitude. He had been graced with a second chance before we met and carried with him a constant appreciation for that and for those who helped him along his sometimes difficult journey. (more…)

Executive Commentary
Allies on Common Ground
Gerri Mason Hall
Gerri Mason Hall
President,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation
SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer,
Sodexo North America

Inclusion is an important word in the business community, and one we hear often, particularly in the human resources field. Leaders in every industry are striving to build cultures of inclusion, creating workplaces that value all employees. (more…)

Executive Commentary
Student Success? Start with the Stomach
Satya-Christophe Menard
Satya-Christophe Menard
CEO Schools and Universities Worldwide at Sodexo

A few years ago, my wife and I sent our oldest abroad to high school. We were all equally nervous. This was a boy for whom we had cared, worried over and fed for 18 years. Yet, suddenly, he was supposed to do it all himself? (more…)

Schools
Five Essentials to Enable Learning
Mike Grey
Mike Grey
VP, Operations, Schools North America

School support services can impact a student’s daily life and enable learning. For a student to access learning and realize their potential, important basic needs must be met.  If well-designed, a school’s infrastructure including its curb appeal, classroom design, building safety, dining programs, grounds and facility maintenance all work together to serve students. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Power Foods for the Brain
Jacquelyn Womble and Linda Carper
Jacquelyn Womble and Linda Carper

Nearly 20% of all deaths worldwide can be linked to unhealthy eating habits. At the same time, mental illnesses are the biggest cause of disability and illness in the world. Depression alone is one of the top five leading causes of disability across the planet.1 While depression and other mental illnesses are very serious and require professional help, research shows direct links between the food we eat and its effect on mental health.2

Food is power for your brain and body. Your brain works 24/7, even while you’re asleep. We all have our moments of forgetfulness, but if you’re feeling particularly spacey, it might be an indicator that something else is going on. It could be due to a lack of sleep or several other reasons, including genetics, level of physical activity, and environmental factors. However, without a doubt, diet can have a major impact on your brain and its performance.

It may not surprise you that diets high in refined sugars are harmful. Multiple studies have found a correlation between a diet high in refined sugars and impaired brain function—and even worsening of mood disorders, such as depression.3

Eating high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourish the brain and protect it from oxidative stress, which can damage cells.2 Enjoy the food you consume and know nutrient-rich foods can do wonders for your brain, improving your decision-making and problem-solving skills, as well as sharpening your focus and boosting your memory. Some high-powered foods include sardines, walnuts, oranges, grapefruits, broccoli, blueberries, blackberries, spinach, kale, avocado, and dark chocolate. Yum!

Food provides powerful macro- and micro- nutrients and vitamins and minerals which help fuel the brain—a few are listed below.

  • Carbohydrates, Fats, and Protein
  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamins B, C, D, and E
  • Minerals, such as zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron

Boost your brain power with these 10 nutrient-rich foods!

  1. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats to protect brain cells. Avocado oil has been shown to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels. DYK that avocados have the highest protein and lowest sugar content of any fruit! Their creamy texture makes them a good addition to smoothies and a replacement for fats in baked goods.
  2. Berries—especially dark ones such as blackberries, blueberries, and cherries—are a rich source of anthocyanins and other flavonoids that may boost memory function, and help to reduce inflammation, a cornerstone of virtually all brain degenerative disorders.
  3. Citrus fruits contain flavanones and phenols that help neutralize free radicals and strengthen cellular defenses.
  4. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts, have powerful antioxidants that boost cellular defenses, plus the vitamin K and choline will help keep your memory sharp.
  5. Dark chocolate is rich in polyphenols, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They can also help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to both the brain and heart. Eating ½ to one ounce a day can deliver a beneficial dose of antioxidants that may slow down the aging process of the brain.
  6. Eggs are rich in choline, which is needed to produce acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter for memory, mood, muscle control, and other brain and nervous system functions.
  7. Kale, a dark, leafy vegetable, is loaded with vitamins C, K, and A, as well as potassium and iron. When it comes to brain power, greens should be on your plate every meal!
  8. Oily fish, such as sardines and salmon, contains docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid that is essential for brain health. Studies have shown that long-term consumption of adequate DHA is linked to improved memory, improved learning ability and reduced rates of cognitive decline.
  9. Spinach is packed with brain-protective antioxidants along with vitamin K, folate, and lutein.
  10. Walnuts contain more brain-healthy antioxidants, vitamin E, and folic acid than other nuts, and are the only nut that contains a significant amount of the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).

Like this blog? Read a blog about a related topic Food and Your Mood: Eat Your Way to a Happier Life.

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Authors:

Jacquelyn Womble
Jacquelyn Womble, MS, RDN, LD, EP-C, Sr Manager, Health & Well-being, Sodexo
Linda Carper
Linda Carper, Operations Manager, Sodexo Food & Nutrition Services at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

  1. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/fitness-4mind4body-diet-and-nutrition
  2. Defeudis, F. V. (2008). 2 Effects of Nutrients on Brain Function [Abstract]. Nutrients and Brain Function,9, 568-578. doi:10.1159/000414578
  3. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/nutritional-psychiatry-your-brain-on-food-201511168626

 

 

Community Engagement
Partners for Impact
Gerri Mason Hall
Gerri Mason Hall
President,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation
SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer,
Sodexo North America

When I first started getting involved with public service, one of the most shocking discoveries for me as I got deep into the work was just how vulnerable so many families are to food insecurity. I had grown up thinking this was a problem elsewhere, not here.

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Executive Commentary
Academia’s Challenge: Free Speech, Diversity and Inclusion
Jim Jenkins
Jim Jenkins
CEO, Universities East, Sodexo North America

“You don’t have true freedom until you allow a diversity of opinion and a diversity of voices.” Journalist Don Lemon’s outlook is highly relevant as an increasingly eclectic student demographic returns to college and university campuses. Once relatively homogenous, today’s students include a mix of first-generation, foreign and older students who bring distinctive cultural backgrounds, needs and experiences that shape their opinions and contribute to a richer, more vibrant dialogue. (more…)

Schools
Seamless School Openings Improve Community Perceptions
B.J. Mandelstam
B.J. Mandelstam
Vice President, Business Development for Schools EPA-trained Master of Indoor Air Quality Sodexo

When schools get it right on the first day of school, the entire community wins – students, parents, teachers, administrators, regulators and tax payers. No doubt, administrators aim to have the utopian opening: clean, safe classrooms filled with qualified and motivated teachers and students ready to learn; engaged parents ready to contribute; fully- funded budgets available to invest in resources. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Easy Back to School Lunch Ideas
Katrina Hartog
Katrina Hartog
Clinical Nutrition Manager, Lenox Hill Hospital

Back to school can be a hectic time of the year. Regardless, if you pack your kids lunch or send them with lunch money, it is important to think about what they will be eating and ensure it is as healthy as possible as children consume at least a third of their total daily calorie needs at school. (more…)

Executive Commentary
Caring (or Not) for One’s Whole Self Can Make (or Break) You
Ivor MacGregor
Ivor MacGregor
SVP, Onshore & Mining, Energy & Resources Sodexo

It’s a message that never gets old; take care of your body and mind and they will take care of you. In the line of business I’m in –improving the Quality of Life for those my team serves – it’s a professional hazard not to care for myself. My brain rationally understands this fact, yet my body gets caught in the everyday currents of travel, team meetings, tackling operational challenges with my Onshore Energy client partners. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
The Start of Something Great
Gerri Mason Hall
Gerri Mason Hall
President,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation
SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer,
Sodexo North America

There’s been good news lately coming from the U.S. Bureau of Labor—employers added more jobs in July and the unemployment rate fell to a near 18-year low. As the American economy continues to strengthen, I believe big companies need to think broader than simply job creation. We need to be thinking about providing opportunities for employees and the health of their long-term careers.

When we think about adding new jobs, what gets me most excited is the possibility that comes with those jobs. I want our new hires at Sodexo to see their job as the start of great opportunity. You see, we’re not about filling jobs to make a great headline. We’re about creating opportunities for people to reach their career goals. We’re about helping people develop new skills and access resources to help them move on to the next level of their professional journey.

What gets me most excited is the possibility that comes with those jobs

Sodexo delivers on its commitment to invest in our employees. Through our LEADERS program, we offer Sodexo employees enrichment opportunities over the course of six months to actively develop l leadership skills.

In 2003, Murat Bora was hired as a part-time Student Food Service Worker at Troy State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and later participated in our LEADERS program. He learned the skills he needed to now be a successful Resident District Manager at Bentley University. And he continues to grow and acquire new certifications at Sodexo even today.

Through Sodexo’s Spirit of Mentoring program, we offer employees the opportunity to help each other develop through collaboration, goal achievement and problem solving. Through formal and informal mentoring opportunities, employees can find their potential and new opportunities for upward mobility.

Rich Blanchard started with Sodexo in 1995 as a food service worker and credits the mentors he’s had throughout his career for the success he’s achieved. Now as a Senior Marketing Manager for Universities, he says, “I am lucky enough to pass along that same level of interest and leadership to others in hopes that they too will have long and successful careers with Sodexo.”

I’m excited about the new employees coming on board at the start of this school year. I’m excited for them to see that this new job could be just the beginning of a fulfilling career at Sodexo. To all our new hires out there—welcome! I look forward to sharing a long journey at Sodexo with you!

Health & Wellbeing
Confessions of a Meal Planner
Kate Moran, RD, LDN
Kate Moran, RD, LDN
Minnesota Twins Player Development Academy in Fort Myers, Florida

I must confess I am a meal planner! One of the most challenging barriers to a healthy lifestyle is mastering meals that fit your diet, goals and busy schedule. We can all agree our days are jam-packed with everlasting to-do lists, so meals often get put on the backburner. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
How Emotional Intelligence Can Improve Your Office Life
Emerson Foster
Emerson Foster
Vice President, Human Resources, Corporate Services Sodexo North America

Will a design change in the office solve workplace conflicts?

How about more natural light?

How about a plant on every desk?

Or mediation classes and free tea?

The answer may surprise you. A new study shows that when employers experimented with interventions that targeted employee well-being – specifically the emotional intelligence of their workforce – they saw a significant boost in happiness and creativity.  (more…)

Executive Commentary
5 Life Hacks From a CEO & Grandma
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide President, Sodexo North America

This is my daughter and brand new grandson. What beautiful creatures. I want them to have joy and love and fulfillment in their lives. And, now that I am old enough to be a grandmother twice over, I especially want them to have health. I know how important – and fleeting – health can be. (more…)

Diversity
For Diversity In The Workplace, Measurement Matters
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide President, Sodexo North America

It’s been a big year for gender equality  ― from the #MeToo movement to the broader recognition of just how far we need to go, to the tangible actions that are (finally) gaining momentum in workplaces.

Before we pat ourselves on the back for recognizing the problem, however, it’s important to understand that now is the time for the hard work of turning the desire to change into actual change.

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Community Engagement
The Art and Science of Performance Nutrition
Leslie Bonci
Leslie Bonci
Leslie Bonci is a nutrition consultant and sports dietitian for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Kansas City Chiefs, Toronto Blue Jays and Carnegie Mellon University. Bonci consults with Sodexo to create customized menu offers for Universities sports clients.

Just like a beautifully executed football play of a dancer in a ballet, performance nutrition is the synergy and symphony of the science, the presentation and the application to help athlete and performance artists meet their goals. (more…)

Community Engagement
Why Off-hours Work is Our Business
Gerri Mason Hall
Gerri Mason Hall
President,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation
SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer,
Sodexo North America

There is a supervisor at my company who works hard all day and then leaves to voluntarily oversee a soup kitchen, serving hundreds of people. On top of that, she hosts a weekly lunch for seniors so they have a venue to eat together and socialize. (more…)

Schools
Is CEP the right choice for one or more of your schools? Deadline to elect is June 30 (state agencies may differ)
Roxanne Moore
Roxanne Moore
National Director of Wellness Brand Management Team Sodexo School Services, North America

Why CEP?

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a meal reimbursement option allowing individual schools or school districts with high student eligibility for free or reduced price meals to serve breakfast and lunch to all enrolled students at no charge, regardless of economic status. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Is ‘Employee Experience’ the New Buzz Word?
Debra Dailey
Debra Dailey
Group Vice President, Quality of Life Experience

Today’s employees are becoming benefactors of the so-to-speak ‘Experience Economy,’ urging for a ‘consumer style’ experience. This means they now have an increased capacity to extend their power at the workplace, and it is not around a request for more ping pong tables. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Road Warrior: Ready Set Fuel!
Leslie Bonci
Leslie Bonci
Leslie Bonci is a nutrition consultant and sports dietitian for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Kansas City Chiefs, Toronto Blue Jays and Carnegie Mellon University. Bonci consults with Sodexo to create customized menu offers for Universities sports clients.

Athletes need to eat on the go- between classes, workouts, and competition but they also need to eat on the bus, or the road, at the venue, in the hotel as part of their travel season. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Model Leadership: What Gen Z Looks for in a Leader
Barry Telford
Barry Telford
CEO, Universities West, Sodexo North America President, Sodexo Canada

“I’m not afraid of an army of lions led by sheep. I’m afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.” It’s a quote about leadership that is famously attributed to Alexander the Great. The quote vividly describes a charismatic leader who empowers those who follow, while also inspiring in them courage. (more…)

Executive Commentary
Commencement for the Rest of Us
Jim Jenkins
Jim Jenkins
CEO, Universities East, Sodexo North America

This week I had the privilege of speaking to graduates of Florida State University. (No, not as a sports commentator, but I had a great time acting like one.) As a commencement speaker. I’m an odd choice for a commencement speaker for many reasons, including that I don’t like to sit through commencement speeches.  (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
How to Lead a Healthier Life at Any Age
Melissa Kelly, MS, RD, LDN
Melissa Kelly, MS, RD, LDN
Clinical Nutrition Manager at Holy Family Hospital, Methuen, MA

At every stage of life, good nutrition plays an integral role in women’s health. It’s a common belief in some circles that a healthy diet is unaffordable or too difficult. Social norms and culture play a role too. (more…)

Universities
Creating Positive Student Experiences through an Innovative Housing Program at University of Greenwich — The Interview
Sodexo
Sodexo

Since 1996, Sodexo has provided housing services to more than 1,000 students living on two campuses at University of Greenwich on the outskirts of London. The program has been so successful that it became the model for our global Student Living offer, shaping the way we look at the student journey around the world.  (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Eat the Mediterranean Way: A Delicious Lifestyle Choice with Long-Term Health Benefits
Tina Reddington, RDN, LD
Tina Reddington, RDN, LD
Director of Marketing, Quality of Life Projects, Sodexo Government, North America

Two years ago, my husband and I took a vacation to Northern Italy and we very nearly didn’t come back. No, we weren’t in a life-threatening situation, quite the opposite – the food was too amazing to believe. (more…)

Executive Commentary
Uncommon Strength: Balancing Strategic Planning and Serendipity to Accelerate Change
Jim Jenkins
Jim Jenkins
CEO, Universities East, Sodexo North America

The ability to accept change and its concomitant challenges and opportunities is an uncommon strength. University administrators develop complex strategic plans to grapple with economic, technological and demographic challenges and increasing competition as their students struggle with a multitude of changes and challenges. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Sodexo Reveals the 2018 Trends Shaping the Future of the Workplace
Sodexo
Sodexo

Gaithersburg, MD, April 26, 2018 – Sodexo, world leader of quality of life services, today released its 2018 Global Workplace Trends report, featuring fresh insights to global workforce leaders and decision makers. The report highlights the most critical factors affecting the future of work and demonstrates how an improved workplace experience is key to increasing companies’ performance and leads ultimately to better employee engagement. (more…)

Seniors
How Technology May Be Threatening Your Business
Lindsay Casillas
Lindsay Casillas
Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development Sodexo Seniors, North America

Programs like Uber, Grubhub and FaceTime can keep residents out of senior living. So how do we compete?

Years ago, as a community sales manager, I could scan a brochure and find a service or amenity that would make the difference in the daily life of a resident.

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Health & Wellbeing
Transformative Partnership to Improve the Health of Nurses
Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN
Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN
Interim Chief Executive Officer at ANA Enterprise

About a year ago, Nurse Robin Carmichael was balancing a high-stress, full-time job with a 2.5 hour commute that required her to wake up each morning at 4 a.m. She was mentally drained, overweight, and wasn’t getting much sleep. (more…)

Universities
Innovation, Specialization and Preparation: The Axioms of Success
Barry Telford
Barry Telford
CEO, Universities West, Sodexo North America President, Sodexo Canada

Quality of Life is foundational to human well-being, affecting every aspect of life at every stage of life.

Starting college is a milestone for students, beset with excitement, anticipation—and anxiety. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
My Role as a Man in Gender Equality
Moses DeBord
Moses DeBord
Vice President, Sports & Leisure

As we celebrate Women’s History month and the recent International Women’s Day—with my company, Sodexo, making the courageous decision to celebrate every day as International Women’s Day—I’ve thought a lot about the role and responsibilities men have in advancing gender equality. (more…)

Careers
Guiding College Students, Recent Graduates, and Experienced Professionals with Mentoring and Other Support Resources
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD
SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

Are you doing what you thought you would be doing when you started college? If so, you’re among the few.  

It’s often unreasonable to expect 18-year-olds to know exactly what they want to do for the rest of their lives—but that’s precisely what the current model demands. (more…)

Inclusion
The Power of Four: Diversity & Inclusion as a Path to Success
Rolddy Leyva
Rolddy Leyva

The current cohort of Gen Z students has many expectations regarding their campus experience, as illustrated by the Sodexo International Student Lifestyle Survey. One of the most important – and most positive for our society – is their deep commitment to multiculturalism, equal opportunity and respect for individuality as cultural imperatives. (more…)

Diversity
Unsung Hero
Aster Angagaw
Aster Angagaw
CEO, Specialty &
Canada Healthcare,
Sodexo North America

Recently I watched the movie “Hidden Figures” for the second time, and was again impressed by the achievements of the extraordinary African- American women featured in the film. Through a combination of brilliance and determination, these women overcame seemingly insurmountable odds and enabled the success of the NASA space program. (more…)

Executive Commentary
How Losing My Husband Taught Me How to be a Better CEO
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide President, Sodexo North America

Almost exactly five years ago I learned a leadership lesson I never wanted to learn. But as I look back on this anniversary and one that makes Valentine’s Day bittersweet, I appreciate that I grew personally and professionally in a way I might never have otherwise. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
A (Healthy) Shot Through the Heart!
Katrina Hartog
Katrina Hartog
Clinical Nutrition Manager, Lenox Hill Hospital

I wouldn’t call myself a HUGE Bon Jovi fan, but when thinking about February, a.k.a. heart health month, and public opinion, all that comes to mind is “You give FATS a bad name!”  I am a child from the 1980’s and love some good Rock n’ Roll. (more…)

Diversity
Part 2: Q&A With Global Diversity and Inclusion Leader Dr. Rohini Anand
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD
SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

“Making Every Day a Better Day through Diversity and Inclusion” is Sodexo’s award-winning initiative. What is unique about this initiative and the work Sodexo is doing in diversity and inclusion? 

This initiative was a systemic culture change initiative in North America, focused on the development and success of women, people of color, and other historically excluded groups. (more…)

Universities
Embracing Chaos: Disruption as a Catalyst for Change
Barry Telford
Barry Telford
CEO, Universities West, Sodexo North America President, Sodexo Canada

Disruption – disaster or opportunity? The 2008 global recession was a milestone, profoundly affecting every aspect of the economy, with repercussions extending to the present. The military term “VUCA” sums up the situation: “volatile, uncertain, complicated, and ambiguous.” (more…)

Executive Commentary
Keep That Resolution: It Can Yield More Than You Think
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide President, Sodexo North America

This past year, I did the unthinkable and followed through on a resolution. And, by following through, my CrossFit journey didn’t just help me find my abs; it also gave me a crash course in business endurance and career success.

The start was all mental obstacles. My career had forced me to ruthlessly prioritize my time. I fit in exercise, but it was more of a squeeze-in than a priority. (more…)

Universities
Creating College Experiences that Build Students’ Character while Strengthening the Community
Jim Jenkins
Jim Jenkins
CEO, Universities East, Sodexo North America

Making a significant difference requires courage, commitment and drive. It is those same principles that are inspiring the next generation of students at University of Detroit Mercy, a Catholic university founded in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions of community service and social justice. (more…)

Inclusion
The Great American Leader
Nebeyou Abebe
Nebeyou Abebe
Senior Director,
Health & Well-Being
Sodexo North America

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of America’s greatest leaders.

Dr. King’s leadership was fundamental to the United States civil rights movement’s success in ending the legal segregation of African Americans in the South and other parts of the U.S. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
New Year, Healthier You! Make 2018 The Un-Resolution Year
Katrina Hartog
Katrina Hartog
Clinical Nutrition Manager, Lenox Hill Hospital

It may sound cliché but we all want to get off on the right foot.

We make resolutions for the New Year to be better versions of ourselves; in some fashion or another.  Many of us, however, end up feeling disappointed upon the realization of not fulfilling the resolution.  Research shows, half of adults make New Year’s resolutions.  However, fewer than 10% manage to keep them for more than a few months.  Well, I propose, how about this year, making non-resolutions or dare I say, give up on resolutions from the get-go!  I can hear you all cheering now! (more…)