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How to Make Healthy Nutrition Changes in the Workplace

 

Making changes to your diet can be difficult, and it can be even more of a challenge to incorporate those changes into your workplace environment.  Someone is always bringing cakes, donuts, cookies and other temptations that can sabotage your daily healthy-eating plan.  It can be even more difficult if you are the only person wanting to make changes.  Creating a culture of health at your workplace may be something that others are interested in as well.  That's why the American Heart Association created the Healthy Workplace Food and Beverage Toolkit - to help organizations create a healthy eating culture in their workplaces.  

Recently, LiveWell Nebraska posted an article that provides some tips on how to avoid temptations at work and how to maintain a healthy diet outside the home.  For more on these tips, CLICK HERE.

The AHA has many resources available to individuals and employers who want to create a healthy eating culture in their workplaces.  The Healthy Workplace Food and Beverage Toolkit was created to help organizations improve their food environment and promote a culture of health. It provides practical action steps and suggestions that are easy to understand and apply.  Anyone involved with procuring, providing or planning food and beverages in an organization/workplace -- from vending machines to catered special events – can use this resource to learn how to make healthy changes. You can easily modify the guidance offered to fit the specific needs of your organization or office.

The toolkit provides guidance on how to incorporate wellness into your worksite and how to get employees moving.  It provides action plans that includes communications, suggestions for leadership and how to get employees on board with your wellness plan.  The toolkit also provides guidance on on-site and off-site meal planning, special events, working with caterers and snack and vending suggestions that are consistent with a healthy diet.  

To access all the resources within the toolkit, CLICK HERE.  The toolkit is free, but you will be asked to Register so we can track how many people are being reached through this resource, and so that you can be notified when the toolkit is updated and new information is made available.  

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