In workplaces across America, one thing is certain: every office has its own unique culture. And because workplaces are influenced by the top management, the company’s mission, and an intriguing mix of staff personalities, these cultures can be as individual as fingerprints.
Here at DrFuhrman.com, it probably comes as no surprise that our office culture is health-conscious, supportive, and includes a healthy interest in the latest breakthroughs in nutritional science (and cool things to add to our salads). Here’s a peek behind the curtains at how we roll....
We Practice What We Preach
Our office culture here at DrFuhrman.com is definitely special. The tone is set by Dr. Fuhrman (of course) and our COO, Lisa Walfield Fuhrman, both of whom lead by example. We encourage each other to eat healthfully. Staffers love sharing recipes for new Nutritarian dishes! We also like to compare notes about new restaurants we’ve found that will accommodate our no-salt, no-oil way of eating. It’s nice to learn from so many cool suggestions and handy tips.
Okay, so here we may be a little bit healthier than the average office. A lot of us have Fitbits or keep track of our steps — and we even have an under-the-desk exerciser for office use. A few of us are into “standing desks” and ball chairs (an inflatable stability ball either in a frame or on its own). We have a rule: everyone gets up and walks around every couple of hours — it’s great for your body, and is a terrific stress reducer. So if you visit the Dr. Fuhrman Wellness Center, you may see a few of us walking around the building, or going up and down the staircase more than once (no, we didn’t forget something — we are just squeezing in some exercise!)
Most offices have a coffee pot, and yes, we have a (barely used) Keurig, too. But our office is mostly known for its ubiquitous supply of sparkling and plain water. The sparkling water can be just as uplifting and restorative as a jolt of caffeine – try it sometime if you haven’t already! Adding some fresh fruit to the water can offer a refreshing new taste with each glass. And I am proud to say, I have yet to see a soda here, yet.
LEAPs and bounds
Dr. Fuhrman encourages us to set health goals by sponsoring the in-office LEAP program — it’s an acronym that stands for Learn, Embrace, Achieve, Proclaim. Participation is completely voluntary, and it’s a great way to track our progress in areas such as antioxidant scores, blood pressure and other health parameters. Staff members look forward to the quarterly assessments as a way to reinforce their commitment to better health.
You definitely will not see fast food or junk food in our offices, and we are all the better for it. Salad tends to be the standard lunchtime meal at the DF offices. When Dr. Fuhrman says “Eat at least one big salad a day,” we take that advice to heart! A peek into our staff refrigerator on any given day would reveal some huge, delicious-looking salads. Salads that are especially pretty and/or inventive will yield an admiring shout-out of “Whose lunch is this?” followed by a quick chorus of approval from whoever happens to be nearby. We also like to dine on smoothies in the morning as a late breakfast. Occasionally, someone has gone overboard with juicing vegetables at home and will bring the extra in to share.
And speaking of sharing — as a rule, we don’t snack, per se, but we do share food, just like any office. It’s just that we tend to eat it during meal times rather than throughout the day. And while our office treats may look slightly different than those in other offices, they are, nevertheless, always a good reason to gather in the kitchen and chat for a few minutes. We love to share the bounty from our kitchens, gardens, and produce shopping excursions. Some recent foods that have been shared: fresh, sweet figs; white currants; kale chips; and more elaborately, a Spanish-style White Bean and Kale soup. Yum!
In addition, our office kitchen is often the test site for new products, too. Samples of the latest flavor of Dr. Fuhrman’s popular date-nut balls, soups and/or condiments have all received the stamp-of-approval first from our office staff, before the recipes are finalized and sent to our production facilities. We all take great pride in knowing that these delicious foods will soon be enjoyed by you. Be on the lookout for our new pumpkin spice, and chocolate mint-flavored date-nut balls soon.
Well, that’s a quick snapshot of our office community. What’s the day-to-day routine like in your office or home? Share your fun stories, tips, and suggestions in the comments section.