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Making Healthy Snack Options a Priority

September 23, 2014

Nutritious snacks provided throughout the office are not only a perk for your employees; they also help you to prevent unnecessary expenses. The relationship between healthy snacks and work productivity is one that is studied often, and it has always been concluded that without healthy snacks, employees are at risk for various health diseases, meaning more sick days, decreased productivity, and a possible loss of profits for your company.  

Snacking at the Desk Is Unhealthy  

 

Many employees keep snacks in their desk or raid the vending machine to get their afternoon fix. This habit promotes overeating. As employees work and eat at the same time, they are mindlessly munching, not paying attention to the quantity or quality of what they are putting into their body. Eventually this can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, the risk of heart disease, and lack of energy, all of which are damaging to overall worksite wellness.  

 

Healthy Snacks Boost Immunity  

 

Colds and flus are detrimental to the office space. When one employee comes down with an illness, chances are many others will, too. Offering healthy snacks in place of processed and sugar-laden vending machine or cafeteria snacks will help to boost your employees’ immune systems. Certain foods can help to boost your employees’ immune systems during the time of year that they are needed most, helping them prevent illness that is spreading through the office. These foods include:  

 

·         Yogurt

 

·         Black or Green tea

 

·         Berries

 

·         Raw nuts (walnuts and almonds)  

 

The benefits of providing healthy snacks for your employees are numerous. Not to mention the fact that your employees are more likely to feel motivated and appreciated with the gesture of offering snacks throughout the office, rather than requiring them to purchase them from the vending machine or cafeteria. Overall, it is a win-win situation for everyone, keeping your goal for worksite wellness achievable.

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Don Hall, DrPH, CHES, Founder Wellsource

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