**shoves chips in face**
Now, before you finish that bag, hear this. Proper nutrition may be on the backburner for this time of year (and 2020 in general) but employers that encourage healthy eating have seen a boost in employee performance and a reduction of absenteeism.
Stress eating is real.
True. And although many of us have dealt with our stress through carbs and finding way too much joy in discovering Taco Bell delivers, it may not be a good thing to be on a first name basis with your Dasher. While 85% of Americans say their eating habits have changed due to the pandemic, just 22% reported eating healthier.
Not quite. One-third of Americans say they are snacking more and 47% say they are chowing on more sweet treats.
What about veggie posters?
Um, kinda missing the mark. While we’ve all become familiar with the nutrition pyramid, hanging a healthy eating poster in the potentially abandoned break room is sadder than an overlooked owl in a Christmas tree.
Ok, so workplace diets?
Before you ship care packages of lemon juice and cayenne to your employees, it’s important to note that promoting good health is about offering access to the right tools. For example, apps that create customized meal plans and have tracking tools are a great option. Latest research found that users of these types of apps lost an average of 11 pounds over 12 weeks and reported a 25% increase in workplace productivity.
Right. Organizations should understand that the cost of bad nutrition can be reflected in the rise of health care costs and chronic diseases like diabetes or hypertension. Promoting good health can actually save money! For every dollar spent on an employer-sponsored wellness program, businesses saved $3 in health care costs per employee, according to a report by the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans.
“How can we get employees to make better choices and empower them to take better care of themselves? When it comes to health benefits, it’s about providing employees with the right tools to be productive and live better lives.” – Marcus Gners, co-founder of Lifesum
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