The Study Results from a recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that worksite food purchases were associated with overall dietary quality and cardiometabolic risk. Healthier purchases were associated with lower rates of obesity, hypertension and prediabetes/diabetes.
Our Take There is an opportunity for employers to improve the availability of healthy food at worksites. A recent study found that food and beverages obtained at work are often high in saturated fat, sodium and added sugars, and do not follow national dietary recommendations. Additionally, it was reported less than a fifth of employers provided signage and labeling to help employees make healthy food and beverage choices.
Our Recommendations With nearly one-third of employees in the U.S. being obese and obesity leading to higher rates of absenteeism, decreased productivity and increased insurance costs, it’s no surprise more organizations are already committed to improving the health of their employees. We recommend those efforts encompass the food and beverage choices available to employees in offices, cafeterias and vending machines.
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