Healthy Eating = Healthy Employees
Nearly 80% of chronic disease is driven by lifestyle factors, like diet and physical activity. Though many workplaces have instituted physical activity programs such as a steps challenge or gym membership incentives, diet modifications can be even more effective. But asking an employee to change eating habits isn’t easy; just ask anyone who has tried!
Instead of focusing on weight loss goals or extreme challenges, focus on small, achievable goals that will drive better health overall, like quitting soda or staying hydrated. Employers can stock the fridge with healthy beverage options like tea and sparkling water, and can also challenge their employees to try a new habit.
It’s also important to model healthy eating from the top down, so if you’re challenging your employees to quit soda, make sure your senior leadership also swaps in a water bottle. Leaders should be willing to share their progress with staff to offer reminders and set social norms that healthy eating behavior is a part of the company culture.
One tool you can use is the Foodstand app, which helps people and teams build healthy eating habits to curb the onset of diet-related disease. Through guided challenges, the app provides personalized education, fun tracking, daily reminders, community support, and accountability. So far, members in over 60 countries have avoided 1M+ grams of added sugar using Foodstand - a step in the right direction.
This month, Foodstand is offering five free pilots to office teams who want to try a healthy eating challenge (here’s the full list) with co-workers. Our most popular challenges are Quit Soda, No Added Sugar at Breakfast, Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day, and Eat 1 Distraction-free Meal a Day.
If you’d like to learn more about bringing Foodstand to your office, please reach out to Rachna Govani at firstname.lastname@example.org.