WorkWell: HealthScaping in the Workplace, Part 1: Healthy Eating

Here’s what’s going on over at my other blog…

HealthScaping NorthWest

We spend the majority of our waking hours at work.

We are what we eat…We eat where we are

During the workday, we eat at least one meal and, often, a couple of snacks. Americans eat out about five times a week, with half of these meals at lunch. All the health education brochures in the world won’t get people to eat healthier if the only options available are deep-fried, highly-processed, or laden with fat, sugar, and salt. Healthy foods in the cafeteria, vending machines, and nearby restaurants would go a long way to support employees’ efforts to eat healthy.

Programs are even more successful when they include price incentives, such as subsidized salad bars; nutrition labeling; and meatless options. Taste tests and surveys are a great way to introduce new foods and build employee excitement.

Innovative strategies include starting a farmers’ market or farm stand on the premises, or…

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