Wellness Works!

Healthy Foods, Healthier Employees

Employers are becoming aware that healthier employees will lower their healthcare costs. One of the proactive ways that employers can create their own culture of wellness is to make healthy foods available at the worksite. This can include vending machines, breakfast and lunch meetings, and the employee cafeteria or lounge.

According to the CDC:

  • In 1995, an estimated $9.3 billion in lost productivity associated with morbidity from coronary heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes was attributed to diet.
  • In 1999-2000, 65% of adults reported being overweight or obese. People who are overweight or obese are more likely to suffer from many chronic illnesses and conditions.

To eat healthier at work, employers should try to select healthier choices for the following:


Vending Machines
Baked /reduced fat chips
Reduced fat cookies, crackers
Pretzels
Granola and cereal bars
Fruit cups (lite or natural juices)
Low fat or fat free yogurt
Fresh fruit and vegetables
Natural fruit and vegetable juices
Bottled water

 

Breakfast Meetings
Fresh fruit
Fat free Yogurt
Mini muffins/mini bagels with low fat cream cheese
Granola Bars

 

Lunch Meetings
Lean meats (no more than 12-15 grams of fat) that are broiled, baked or grilled
Fresh vegetables (no butter or cream sauces)
Salads with dressing on the side
Fresh fruit for dessert with fat free yogurt or angel food cake