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‘Healthy Workplace’ winners eat well during meetings

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Winners of the Thurston County, Wash., Chamber of Commerce’s “Healthy Workplace” designation are serious about what their employees eat—especially during business meetings.

So the 24 winning employers have swapped fruit for cookies, and bottled water for sugary soda.

Here are four examples of how Thurston County employers encourage their staffs to lay off the junk food while at work.

The Port of Olympia added healthy snacks to its office “honor bar,” and flagged the nutritious options by grouping them together, marking them with brightly colored stickers and posting a sign next to the goodies tray explaining the menu change. HR also sent an e-mail about the good eats to its 50 employees. The port authority reports that the healthy snacks are the first to go. It also provides free bottled water to employees.

Physicians of Southwest Washington created a formal “healthy meeting food policy” and encourages meeting organizers to adhere to it. The kitchen is always stocked with free fresh fruit. In addition, the occasional Free Lunch Friday features healthy meals, and managers invited a dietician to a staff meeting to educate the organization’s 10 employees about nutritious food choices.

The 13 employees of ProActive SportsMed enjoy health snacks and drinks during meetings and company parties. Plus, the organization has extended lunch breaks so employees have time to exercise as well as eat.

Sunset Air now offers sandwiches instead of pizza at meetings, cut out all chips and began supplying fruit during training sessions. Meeting organizers ask caterers to bring in healthy options when they supply food for meetings. The 175-employee firm also removed candy and soda machines from the premises, and installed a refrigerator with a water filter system.


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