Nutrition & Fitness

Nutrition and fitness are a vital part of maintaining a long, successful career in construction. Almost 40 percent of U.S. adults are obese and more than 80 percent of adults don’t meet the recommended guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. As a whole, Americans eat less than the recommended amount of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and dairy products. In addition, the typical American diet exceeds the recommended intake levels for added sugar, sodium and saturated fat. 

Impact of Poor Diet and Inactivity 

Poor dietary habits and inactivity can lead to carrying excess weight and increase risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. 

Addressing Nutrition and Fitness

Individual behavior is only one piece of the puzzle. Employers can encourage behavior changes and a healthier workforce by creating a supportive and inclusive environment. This may include offering healthy and nutritious options in break rooms, vending machines and meetings. Employers can also host classes, seminars and challenges related to physical activity or healthy eating. Subsidized consultations or health coaching with a registered dietitian, personal trainer or other vendor can also help further support members in achieving their goals and making lasting behavior changes.

Fund Resources & Services 

  • Use the Recent Articles or All Related Articles tabs above to view Lifelines articles on this topic or browse our Nutrition & Fitness publications.
  • The Fund’s Nutrition and Fitness for Laborers Program can help members become physically active, assess their weight and develop a healthy eating plan. The program includes pamphlets and downloadable worksheets for members and strategies for employers to support members and their families.
  • LIUNA health and welfare funds also play a role in promoting nutrition and fitness for Laborers, as these behaviors impact health outcomes and utilization of the healthcare system. Health and welfare funds can offer services and resources that encourage an active lifestyle, support balanced nutrition and provide opportunities for weight management. Health and welfare funds may be able to connect employers to registered dietitians, registered nurses, health educators and other health and medical professionals.