Wellness strategies can be easily implemented in any workplace. Strategies can include policies, programs, worksite improvements or a combination of all of these. Strategies should focus on nutrition, physical activity, tobacco and mental health.
Good nutrition can help lower the risk of many chronic diseases. Healthy eating includes a variety of foods like fruit, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. It also includes watching portion sizes and limiting salt, sugar and saturated fat.
A healthy diet can:
Promote weight management and reduce the risk of obesity
Reduce the risk of developing high cholesterol
Reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes
Reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure
By making healthy food choices, like fruits and vegetables, available to employees they are able to make healthy choices at work which will benefit their health.
Sample nutrition policies
Healthy Meetings: Develop a healthy meetings policy to provide healthy food options throughout the workday. It is a simple way to promote the idea of mindful eating to employees.
Healthy Vending: Support healthier choices by providing nutritious food and beverage options through vending machines.
Nutrition Education Classes: Partner with local organizations to offer nutrition educations classes (i.e. how to read a nutrition label, dietary guidelines, etc.). For more information on local offerings, contact us.
Healthy Snacks: To promote healthy eating, stock kitchens/break areas with more nutritious options, such as fruits, vegetables, snacks with whole grains, healthy fats and protein.
Provide Dietitian Services: Partner with a local dietitian to offer employees resources and support to make long-term nutrition changes. Contact us for more information.
Environmental Improvements to Promote Nutrition
Provide employees with food preparation and storage facilities, such as a microwave, refrigerator, and/or sink, to encourage them to eat healthy food.