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For many people who want to live a healthier lifestyle, workplaces are offering help in the form of mandatory stretching sessions to prevent injuries, walking programs, cafeteria price breaks on healthy foods and hiring a registered dietitian to cut the fat and calorie contents of cafeteria food by 10 %.

Getting pushy about good health
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Dr. Diet weighs in:

These are the types of things that companies need to start doing to help boost the health of their employees.

Many companies today are looking for ways to help their employees be healthier because they know that having unhealthy employees hurts their bottom line because of higher insurance costs and lower productivity.

I encourage all of our members to forward this blog post to the person in charge of their employee health program.

Start a conversation about ways your employer can become a part of your “healthy lifestyle” success team.

Here are some ideas that workplaces can consider for their employee health programs:

--Paint stairwell walls, improve lighting and pipe in music to encourage taking the stairs instead of the elevator

--Improve the vending machine selections to offer healthier snack options

--Have free fruit Fridays where the employer supplies free fruit in the community fruit bowl in the break room and the rest of the week, employees chip in and fill the bowl.

--Encourage walking breaks instead of coffee breaks with the use of pedometers to track daily steps taken with a daily goal of 10,000 steps per day.

--Get group discounted rates for employees to join weight loss programs like www.diet.com so employees can take action, get support and lose weight. Employees can be encouraged to participate in diet.com’s ongoing online weight loss challenge and diet.com could assist companies to promote challenges between departments.

--Schedule a wellness program given by a registered dietitian on healthy lunch options that can be brought from home or ordered using take out menus in the neighborhood.

--Encourage vendors who bring in food for meetings and programs to bring in healthier options like whole wheat bagels and light cream cheese instead of donuts for breakfast, thin crust vegetarian pizza that’s light on the cheese instead of deep dish, full cheese and meat pizzas, vegetarian or turkey Subway sandwiches and fresh fruit or popcorn for snacks instead of pastries.





@ 12:38pm ET on December 6, 2006
My workplace provides free fresh fruit in the break room every day (you have to pay for the junk food). We also have a chef on staff who prepares healthy meals from scratch every day, and lunch is free. In addition, we have a running group that goes out Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and we're training for the Kananaskis 100-Mile Relay next June. It's great to have that kind of support from an employer.


@ 8:35am ET on December 7, 2006
You are so lucky to have that kind of support!

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