What Should A Workplace Healthy Eating Program Focus On?

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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.

 

 

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