Health@Work E-tips for workplace wellness coordinators: Healthy eating

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Welcome to Hennepin County Health@Work's newsletter for worksite wellness coordinators who work in organizations located in Hennepin County. The purpose of Health@Work's monthly E-tips is to help you (the wellness coordinator) promote better health at your workplace. Please note that any reference to products or services in this newsletter is for educational purposes and does not constitute an endorsement on the part of Hennepin County Health@Work. 

Support healthy eating at work

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Healthy eating is often a top priority for wellness programs because many chronic illnesses are food- and diet-related. Despite this, more than 2 in 3 Americans are classified as overweight or obese, and more than 1 in 3 Americans are prediabetic. 


A study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) looked at the impact that worksite supports have on employees. Their findings included the following:

  • Unsurprisingly, employees in workplaces that have a cafeteria, snack bar, or food service eat fast food less often and eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Foods labeled with calorie counts and signs that identify healthier foods in cafeterias, vending, and snack bars can have a positive effect on employee choices.
  • Healthy food that is affordable and available to all employees, regardless of income, can have the most impact.


Ideas for action

  • Ask! Consider surveying your employees on their nutrition and wellness interests, as well as changes they’d like to see. You may be surprised at the responses; be sure to share your survey results and implement requests if possible.
  • Organize a potluck featuring healthy choices.
  • Provide a way for employees to share healthy recipes and cooking tips; encourage recipes that represent different cultures.
  • Promote alternatives to eating at fast food restaurants; provide refrigerator space for lunches.
  • Promote this link to the American Heart Association's cooking skills website.
  • Go beyond programs and campaigns and develop written guidelines and policies for healthy food and beverages to create a culture of wellness.


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Employee E-tips

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Click here to read this month's E-tips for your employees: "Farewell to fast food?."


To share these E-tips with employees, you can:  

  • Email the E-tips document to your staff as an attachment. 1) Click the link to download and save the E-tips to your computer. 2) Add your organization's logo in the bottom left corner. 3) Then send it as an email attachment to staff. 
  • Print the document once you've added your organization's logo and post it in a common area in your workplace.
  • Copy and paste the text into your organization's newsletter.


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Missed last month's E-tips?

Click here to read the November E-tips on e-cigarettes.


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About us:


Hennepin County Health@Work offers a broad range of low- and no-cost workplace wellness programs and services to employers located in Hennepin County. For more information visit the Health@Work website

Contact us:


Linda Brandt, MPH

Senior Health Promotion Specialist

Hennepin County Health and Human Services


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