Research shows that healthy employees are happier, more productive, have more energy and have fewer sick days.
Healthy eating and food safety are fundamental aspects of a healthy lifestyle. A workplace environment that supports healthy eating can significantly contribute to the health and wellbeing of all employees. Good nutrition helps to maintain energy levels and concentration, helps to maintain
a healthy body weight, and assists in the prevention and management of chronic disease.
Workplaces are becoming increasingly recognised as a focus area for the health and wellbeing of employees.
People often spend a large part of their day in the workplace, and so it can greatly impact on employees physical activity, nutrition and work life balance. The vicinity, facilities, and availability of food in the workplaces are important to the overall health of employees.
A health profile of Australian workers revealed that 62% are overweight, 50% percent are either totally inactive or engage only in minimal exercise and almost half survive on poor diets.
There are many issues to consider when trying to make it easier for employees to eat well at work including
- Ensuring there is adequate food storage and preparation facilities for employees,
- healthy catering options are available,
- less healthy fundraising options are kept to a minimum, and
- where vending machines are present, ensuring that there are healthy options for sale.
To assist employers in creating healthier work environments, we have developed the Healthier Options in Vending- A Guide for Tasmanian Employers
which focuses on vending machines and provides information to assist work places in implementing healthier vending.