What Should A Workplace Healthy Eating Program Focus On?
Workplaces that are going to start a healthy eating program should make sure that wherever their employees get their food – whether it’s from vending machines, canteens, or cafeterias – that these venues should offer some healthier food choices.
A workplace healthy eating program should also include the following options for its employees.
- Offer material for employees to take home to help them make healthier choices when planning meals.
- Provide a sample shopping list and a plan for the week’s meals employees can make from that list.
- Provide information about how to make healthier food choices when shopping, ordering in restaurants, etc.
- Help employees to read and understand food labels.
- Provide cooking tips for making healthy foods.
- Invite a speaker to a ‘lunch-n-learn’ session.
- Have “theme” weeks or months.
- Stock vending machines with healthier options.
- Arrange for the on-site cafeteria to offer a range of healthy food choices.
- Have a refrigerator and microwave at work so people can bring healthy lunches from home.
- When lunches or drinks are provided at meetings, be sure to provide healthy choices.
- Give people a way to share healthy recipes with each other by using Intranet, e-mail, or posters.
- Provide information about how to use low-fat ingredients in favorite recipes.
- Organize a potluck lunch at work featuring healthy food choices.
- Try a multicultural day.
- Offer a goal for each week, such as:
- I will eat 7 fruits or vegetables each day.
- I will eat breakfast every morning.
- I will have an extra piece of fruit every day.
Apart from the above-mentioned points, you can also ask your employees to follow a healthy lifestyle and include the following little changes in their daily routine.
- Eat at least one dark green and one orange vegetable each day.
- Choose vegetables and fruit prepared with little or no added fat, sugar or salt
- Have vegetables and fruit more often than juice.
- Make at least half of your grain products whole grain each day.
- Choose grain products that are lower in fat, sugar or salt.
- Drink skim, 1% or 2% milk each day.
- Select lower fat milk alternatives.
- Have meat alternatives such as beans, lentils, and tofu often.
- Eat at least two Food Guide servings of fish each week.
- Select lean meat and alternatives prepared with little or no added fat or salt.
- Be active every day.
- Satisfy your thirst with water.