Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Promote a Healthy Diet at Your Workplace

Promote a healthy diet at work. Excess weight and physical inactivity account for more than 300,000 premature deaths each year in the United States, second only to deaths related to smoking http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/r991026.htm. Employees who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, gallbladder disease, and joint pain. Excess weight can also cause interrupted breathing during sleep (sleep apnea) and wearing away of the joints (osteoarthritis). Six out of ten Americans admit to eating more than they should http://pewresearch.org/pubs/309/eating-more-enjoying-less. It’s no
secret, that knowing what to choose to eat is getting more and more
difficult and employees know their eating habits
are getting worse. How does your company cafeteria stack up? Start with an inventory of foods that contain high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and/or more than 10 added grams of sugar per serving. Consider removing them from the menu! It may sound drastic but it's a healthy way to start 2008.

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