Community Engagement
Celebrating Employee Health and Fitness Month
Nebeyou Abebe
Nebeyou Abebe
Senior Director,
Health & Well-Being
Sodexo North America

May is Global Employee Health and Fitness Month, an international and national observance of health and fitness in the workplace that focuses on promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle through worksite health promotion activities.

A staggering 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. So, it’s no surprise that the rising prevalence of obesity is a worldwide health concern. One study projects that there will be 65 million more obese adults in the United States and 11 million more obese adults in the United Kingdom by 2030.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (e.g. brisk walking, bicycling, swimming) every week and muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week.

It goes without saying that being active is important. In fact, your quality of life depends on it. Being more active not only helps you lose weight and control your appetite, but it can also help prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure.

Healthier employees are happier and more productive, and more and more companies are recognizing this. Taking breaks throughout the day to move or meditate makes you feel better, less stressed and have more energy. It’s a win-win!

By offering employees different health and well-being resources and programs, you will be better positioned to recruit and retain top talent and may even get recognized as a thought leader.

Part of our Better Tomorrow 2025 commitment is to improve the Quality of Life of our employees. One way we do this is through well-being breaks. They reinforce our culture of health and well-being by bringing physical activity and mental balance into the workplace.

Well-being breaks are five- to ten-minute breaks that can take place anywhere – at meetings, on conference calls, and even from a desk or car (while you’re not driving, of course). From boosting mood to improving creativity, these breaks help our teams stay active and thrive. We created a variety of well-being breaks from exercises on-the-go to meditation to stretching and breathing exercises. Here are a few you can check out.

In recognition of Employee Health and Fitness Day on May 16th, Sodexo employees are doing healthy activities, like going for a walk, enjoying a healthy lunch with their team, or taking a stretch or relaxation break. Join us by doing a well-being break or another fun activity, taking a picture and tagging Sodexo with #NourishThriveSodexo.

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