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June 20, 2017
What your employees don't know about nutrition could hurt them

There may be some healthy recipe sharing going on in your break room, but for the most part it seems Americans don’t know their kale from their quinoa.

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A health survey by the International Food Information Council Foundation finds that Americans are consuming information about food, but they’re not getting the messages about nutrition and its relationship to health.

The majority of respondents, nearly 80 percent, say they encounter a lot of conflicting information about what to eat, and what to avoid. More than half say the conflicting information makes them doubt the choices they make. And while nearly all those surveyed said they seek health benefits from what they eat and drink (like weight loss, heart health, and energy), less than half could identify a single food or nutrient associated with those benefits.

The foundation finds that people rely on friends and family “at least a little” for nutrition and food safety information. But fewer than a third say they have high trust in those sources. And when it comes to eating patterns or diets, six in 10 rated friends and family as their top influencer.

The survey also suggests consumers might be paying too much or making flawed decisions about nutrition because of factors that alter perceptions of what is healthful. Examples are the form of the food (fresh, frozen, or canned), where it was purchased (convenience store vs. natural food store), and price, among others. Interestingly, those over age 50 were more confident in their food choices and were more likely to adopt and maintain healthy eating behaviors.

Tips for improving nutrition at your workplace

Your company may not provide employees with take-home organic dinners, but you can still make a difference in their nutrition.

  • Consider establishing guidelines for your cafeteria, such as eliminating foods that provide more than a third of the daily recommended sodium.
  • Abandon bagels and brownies at meetings in favor of fresh fruit, yogurt and nuts.
  • Make sure your vending machines offer water, non-sugar beverages, and fruit. Some vending companies even offer fresh salads.
  • If you’re honoring a team for a safety milestone, forget the pizza party and consider a soup and salad bar, or a power breakfast with eggs, fruit and whole grain toast.
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