Be A Healthy Trend Setter

by Tricia Houlihan
Dental Well Being Foundation Board Member


Written Spring 2016


Have you ever noticed how your eating habits are influenced by the people around you? Family, friends and coworkers can be supporters or they can hinder your efforts to improve your lifestyle. A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shows that just being told about other’s eating habits influences the way we eat. We tend to follow trends and do what others are doing to fit in. Try to surround yourself with positivity. This can be difficult to do, especially in work situations. 


If you work in a place where everyone wants to go out for lunch each day or if sweets and donuts are constantly being brought in, maintaining healthy habits can be challenging. You can be the one to start healthy trends instead of conforming to what others are doing. 



  • Bring your lunch to work every day.

  • Limit eating out to once a week or two times a month—saving money and calories.

    • Look for healthier restaurants and meal options when eating out.

    • Share a meal with someone else to help with portion control.

  • Avoid the areas where tempting foods are kept.

  • Bring in fruits and vegetables to provide healthy snacks for your peers.


  • Be the one to bring nutritious dishes to get-togethers, like cut up veggies with hummus.

  • Meet at a park instead of a restaurant.

  • Start a health challenge—weight loss, exercise, etc. to motivate each other. 

  • Grab a coffee/tea and walk while you visit.

  • Going out with a group of friends? Dining out can seem daunting when you’re starting a healthy eating plan. Here are a few tips for including social gatherings in your healthy lifestyle. 

    • Be the first person to order at a restaurant. You’ll be more tempted to change your order if you hear others

    • ordering less healthy options. 

    • Encourage those who are making healthy choices too.

    • Bring cash instead of paying with a credit card. Plan to bring just enough to cover your meal and tip.


Tricia Houlihan is a personal trainer, nutritionist and health coach, and the newest member of the Dental Well Being Foundation Board.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, up to 38 percent of surveyed dentists reported symptoms that can lead to depression and anxiety. Additional research suggests that stress related to the profession of dentistry increases the chances of divorce, depression, alcohol and suicide. 

Additional stress is added simply by choosing the dental profession.



The DWBF is a 501(c)3 charitable foundation created by the Missouri Dental Association.

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