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October 13, 2015
Grab an apple and celebrate 'National Fruit at Work Day'

The FruitGuys, a San Francisco-based company that provides fruit to businesses, created the observance to “celebrate the importance of healthy snacking in the workplace and to honor the food that successfully fuels a busy day.”

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The FruitGuys’ national study of 200 businesses revealed that 85 percent of employees want healthy snacks and beverages added to their office kitchen. CEO Chris Mittelstaedt says despite numerous benefits, many employees do not have access to fresh fruit on the job. “Eating fruit at work improves mental clarity and increases energy as many fruits protect brain cells, improve memory, and provide a natural energy source,” he says.

Why should you be concerned about employee nutrition?

Whether it’s fruit, healthier vending options, or better choices in your cafeteria, encouraging employees to eat better can have a number of positive benefits. Among these are:

  • Reduced risk of costly chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes
  • Improved energy and productivity
  • Demonstrates that you care about worker well-being
  • Contributes to a culture of health and wellness
  • Enhances the reputation of your business

Here are a few nutrition-boosting tactics you may wish to implement:

  • Offer Meatless Monday specials in your cafeteria or coffee shop.
  • Subsidize healthy meal choices that include fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and low-fat dairy.
  • Promote healthy brown bagging for meetings and lunch-and-learns.
  • Consider outdoor “walking meetings” instead of sedentary gatherings around a conference table.
  • Host a healthy potluck meal instead of a pizza party during your monthly safety meeting.
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