Employers have a unique opportunity to impact the health and wellness of their employees. With chronic disease rates rising and health care costs mounting, it’s more important than ever that workplaces adopt programs and policies to encourage employees to eat more healthfully.
Helping employees achieve optimal health is not only the right thing to do, but can impact a company’s bottom line. Healthy employees reduce the cost of health insurance premiums and other health related expenses, are more productive during the workday, and take off less work time for illness and doctor’s visits. This program was developed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and when Physicians Committee researchers conducted an 18-week plant-based dietary intervention program at a Geico office in Maryland, participating employees experienced increased productivity and the alleviation of symptoms of anxiety, depression, and fatigue. The results of the study were published in the March/April 2015 issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.
This program consists of the same elements proven to be successful in the GEICO study:
Weekly sessions for workers consisting of nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, food samples, and supportive group discussions;
Support for the employer’s food service provider (if applicable) to incorporate healthful food options into the menu; and
Guidance on healthful dining out choices if there is no employer food service provider.