Supportive Work Environment – Healthy Eating

Nutrition Month Ideas

To celebrate Nutrition Month in your organization, consider doing one or all of the following: Develop a nutrition policy.  To help you get started check out this post. Host a Workplace Taco or Salad Bar.  Here are the Taco Bar or Salad Bar Promotion Instructions. Promote the FREE Supermarket Tour on March 22.  You can [...]

Create a Healthy Workplace Nutrition Environment

The Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (OSNPPH) have created a toolkit on Creating a Healthy Workplace Nutrition Environment.  This comprehensive tool kit includes checklists, assessment forms and videos.  There is information around how to get employer support, striking a committee, handling food donations, educating employees and everything else related to food.  Every [...]

Consider Creating a Nutrition Policy in Your Workplace

The Workplace Nutrition Advisory Group of the Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health has put out a call to act for workplaces to adopt healthy nutrition practices.  Making good food choices is easier for employees when the workplace supports it.  Check out this short 2:35 minute video to learn more. Source:  Peterborough County-City [...]

Healthy Eating During the Summer: Tips and Ideas

Activities to promote healthy eating in your workplace this summer: 1)      Instead of the office candy dish, have a workplace fruit bowl. Stock it with a variety of fresh fruit weekly and encourage employees to try new kinds of fruit they’ve never tried before. Choosing local produce in season will be fresher; will help support [...]

Make Sure Employees Stay Hydrated This Summer

In the heat and humidity, it’s easy to get dehydrated quickly.  Be sure to have water available and accessible to your employees.  Here are some tips from EatRight Ontario about staying hydrated. Source: Peterborough Public Health

Organize a Workplace Lunch Co-op

Form a lunch co-op with four co-workers.  Take turns bringing lunch or supper for each other. This idea works best if members of the co-op have similar tastes.  Each person is  responsible for making one lunch a week and gets to enjoy a homemade lunch every day.  Set the ground rules before you start, such as what [...]

Healthy Eating @ Work

Working Canadians spend at least 60% of their waking hours at their job and eat at least one meal during the workday. Workplaces are ideal settings to promote healthy eating. Productivity and concentration can be optimized by providing adequate time for meals and access to healthy food every day in the workplace. Ideas to Promote [...]

Eat Smart, Meet Smart

As an employer you can utilize the Eat Smart, Meet Smart booklet to role model healthy eating at your workplace. The booklet, produced by The Western and Northern Canadian Collaborative for Healthy Living, provides useful tips for planning healthy meetings, events and conferences including information about portion size, quantities to order, and the kinds of [...]

BBQs Made Healthy

One of the best ways to enjoy summer weather is to grill it up and invite employees to share a healthy meal together. Barbeques can be a fast and healthy way to enjoy your favourite meats, fish and vegetables outdoors. Side Dishes Vegetable skewers Grilled potatoes Bean salad Condiments Herbs – coriander, basil, and oregano [...]

Reveal the Nutritional Value of Vending Machine Snacks

Some people will make different food choices if they know the nutritional content of the food.  The nutrition label on the food items in vending machines are not usually visible so reproduce the nutrition labels and post them near the machine.  Suggest alternative healthy items, and if possible, make them available to employees.  For example, provide a fruit [...]

Place Limits on Workplace Junk Food

Does your workplace have an abundance of tempting, unhealthy snacks?  Develop guidelines or policies that require that healthy food choices are served at all meetings and workshops. Some examples of healthy snacks and beverages include water, milk, 100% fruit juice, fruit and vegetable  trays, low-fat dip, yogurt, nuts, whole-grain crackers, lower-fat muffins, and whole grain [...]

Provide Food Storage and Preparation Equipment

To support employees in their efforts to increase their consumption of healthier foods, ensure that staff have access to a fridge, a microwave, and a toaster in break areas. Lunches brought from home are typically lower in fat, salt/sodium, and calories than lunches purchased at restaurants, cafeterias, or from vending machines. For example, the refrigerator [...]

At Work Vegetable Garden

Consider converting any available green space at your workplace into a vegetable garden. Employees can volunteer to plant and care for the garden. Depending on how much is grown and harvested, vegetables can be shared among the staff and/or community neighbours or donated to the local food bank or shelter.  If a garden plot is not available, [...]

Bottomless Fruit Basket

Support and promote a “potluck” fruit basket in various work areas or departments. Provide support for this initiative by matching the funds collected by employees to replenish the fruit. Other ways of supporting this project could include providing a seed grant to start the basket, with employees taking over and taking turns refilling the basket [...]

Food Safety

Ensure that employees have access to all of the tools to ensure safe food practices are maintained at work.  These may include having hand-washing facilities available, a refrigerator for food storage, and a clean area for staff to eat their meals and snacks.     Source: Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Retrieved Nov 5 2009 from [...]

Cafeteria and Vending Machine Options

To support and encourage employees to choose healthy food items for their meals and snacks while at work, consider offering employees healthier food and beverage options in the cafeteria and/or vending machines that are priced competitively with, or similar to, other foods and beverages offered.   Cafeterias Sell a serving of cut vegetables and low [...]

Healthy Food Options—From a Vending Machine

Adding healthy food and beverage choices to workplace vending machines assists employees in eating better.  Healthy eating also decreases the chance that late night workers will experience gastrointestinal disturbances.  Concentrating on workplace vending machines, replace soft drinks with water, fruit juice, and milk.  Try substituting low-calorie pastries with low-fat, whole grain muffins and bagels.    Source: [...]

Provide Employees with Healthier Cafeteria Options

The availability of healthy food choices in the workplace and in the cafeteria influences how employees choose to eat.  Make healthy options widely available, and limit the prevalence of foods that have little nutritional value.  Try substituting unhealthy foods with more nutritious options.  For instance, serve milk instead of cream for coffee and tea.  Provide [...]

Take-Home Food Options

Work with cafeteria staff to implement a take-home dinner option from the food that did not sell during the lunch hour.  Recognizing that families are stressed for time, healthy pre-packaged meals (refrigerated if needed) that are quick to grab could be sold to employees to take home to their families. Or, prepare bagged lunch options [...]

Healthy Food Options—From a Vending Machine

Adding healthy food and beverage choices to workplace vending machines assists employees in eating better, which also decreases the chance that late night workers experience gastrointestinal disturbances. Source: Brant County Health Unit