Creating a healthy workplace nutrition environment

A healthy workplace nutrition environment exists when a workplace promotes healthy eating through words AND actions.

It makes good business sense to invest in a healthy workforce. Employees spend a considerable portion of their day at work. A workplace that encourages and models healthy eating practices supports their employee’s healthy eating behaviours at work and at home. Everyone benefits from making the workplace a healthy place.

Benefits for the workplace:

Benefits for the employees:

Workplaces are an ideal setting to promote healthy eating

The work environment can be a powerful driver of employee eating behaviours. Although employees ultimately decide what to eat, the foods available and sold in the workplace influence their food selections. The conditions in which people work, including their nutrition environment, can affect their health.

What is a healthy workplace nutrition environment?

A healthy workplace nutrition environment exists when a workplace consistently promotes healthy eating through words AND actions. The workplace goes beyond educating employees about healthy eating and addresses the underlying barriers that make it difficult for employees to adopt healthy eating behaviours at work.

For example, hunger pangs can sneak up on anyone and lead to poor decisions if their lunch bag is empty. A workplace that offers a variety of appealing, healthy foods helps reduce the burden on the individual to make healthy choices. In short, it makes the healthy choice the easy choice.

Essential Elements of a Healthy Workplace Nutrition Environment 

1. The organization commits to a positive healthy eating culture, for example:

2. Supportive social eating environment, for example:

3. Supportive physical eating environment, for example:

4. Access to healthy, reasonably priced, culturally appropriate food, for example:

5. Credible nutrition education and social support for employees and their families, for example:

6. Nutrition education for key decision makers and intermediaries provided by a Registered Dietitian

7. Access to services from a Registered Dietitian, for example:

8. Safe food practices and accommodation of special dietary needs:

9. Nutrition policies that encourage healthy eating, for example:

For more detailed information on how to create a Healthy Nutrition Workplace Environment, check out the Workplace Call To Action or call the Workplace Health line at 705.522.9200, ext. 290 (toll-free at 1.866.522.9200).

This item was last modified on February 11, 2019