Last week I blogged about a workplace in the DC area that allows only vegan food. It's an extreme approach, I'll admit -- and one that wouldn't fly at most workplaces. But here's the good news: You can encourage your employees to eat healthier without risking a mutiny. Here are just a few ideas:
Rework birthday celebrations. Instead of traditional birthday cake and ice cream, try angel food cake (a healthier alternative), fresh strawberries and blueberries, and vanilla nonfat yogurt. It's always a hit at our office -- and not just with our dietitians!
Start a tradition. Every Friday is Salad Friday at Wellness Corporate Solutions. We've found it to be a great way to get everyone together at least once a week for a healthy meal. If salads aren't your thing, how about a healthy potluck lunch once a month? The point is to pick a healthy tradition and stick to it. Soon it'll be part of your culture.
Commit to healthier meetings. If a box of donuts sits at the head of your conference table, start thinking about healthier alternatives: fresh fruit, healthy nuts, or fresh veggies. Sure, it may take a bit more effort at first, but it sends a clear message to your employees: wellness is a priority.
So what are your ideas for encouraging healthy eating at work? Let me know in the comments section below.