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Creating a Healthy Nutrition Environment

Adults spend more than half of their waking hours at work, which is a significant amount of time for eating and snacking. Poor eating habits are directly related to many chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and are strongly associated with obesity. Obesity has been found to result in significant increases in both absenteeism and medical expenditures among full-time employees. Employees who eat well are employees who feel better, have increased energy, and are more productive.

Multiple photos showing healthy food and workplace employees. Creating a healthier nutrition environment at your workplace:

  • Work with food service providers to develop a healthy cafeteria program.
  • Make refrigerators and microwaves accessible to encourage employees to bring their lunch and snacks from home.
  • Ensure your workplace stocks healthier vending items, that are lower in sodium and fat, and higher in fibre.
Follow the Healthy Food Guidelines for the Workplace.
  • Share this with your employees who organize meetings and order food.
  • Use it to help develop a healthy eating policy for your workplace.

Programs and Resources

Registered Dietitian Consultation

  • A dietitian may help you plan different ways to support making healthy eating choices at work, such as:
    • healthy choices in cafeterias
    • vending machines
    • at meetings and events
    • as well as programs that assist employees in increasing their nutrition knowledge and skills or helping them to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Dietitians are also able to provide expertise in developing a healthy eating policy for your workplace that is easy to adopt and meets the needs of your employees.
  • Please email Halton Region or dial 311 or 905-825-6000
    Toll free 1-866-4HALTON (1-866-442-5866) | TTY: 905-827-9833 and ask to speak with our Workplace Health Dietitian.

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