NUTRITION

The nutrition pillar focuses on employee access to healthy foods. These resources include programs promoting heathy food choices, providing a nutrition champion to coordinate the organization's nutritional health effort, and integrating healthy eating habits into the company's culture.

More than two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for heart disease and stroke as well as many other chronic illnesses and conditions. Making healthy changes in the workplace, where many adults spend much of their day, is an important way to help people be healthier. It also helps cultivate social norms that foster healthier choices and behaviors. A 2010 study showed that improving the types of foods and beverages served and sold in the workplace positively affected employees' eating behaviors and resulted in net weight loss.

As an employer, you have the opportunity to create a positive nutrition environment to support the health of your employees. Healthy KC’s Workplace Wellness Action Team has collected a number of resources that can help improve your workplace’s policies around healthy eating. 

Some of the following ideas and resources can help implement this pillar in an organization:

Designate a Nutrition Champion


Designate a Nutrition Champion who coordinates our organization’s nutritional health effort

Implement Nutritional Policy


Improving the culture of food at your company.


Follow National and/or Federal Nutrition Guidelines Onsite

Follow national and/or federal nutrition guidelines onsite (e.g.  American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, etc.)


offer employees information and resources on healthy nutrition and food choices


Offer employees information and resources on healthy nutrition and food choices at work and at home (e.g. bulletin boards, websites, intranet, etc.)


Offer employees information and resources on proper hydration

Offer employees information and resources on proper hydration at work and at home (i.e. bulletin boards, websites, intranet, etc.)


Offer Nutrition Education Programs


Eating Poorly Takes a Toll on Productivity.