Swiss Re’s “Food For Thought” challenges workplaces, the public sector and medical profession to unite in the fight against obesity and diabetes.
We are in a crisis; the rise of obesity and diabetes is growing at an exponential rate. It requires collaboration and joined up thinking to provide solutions that drive change. We spend at least 30% of our lives at work and consume up to two-thirds of our calories whilst we are there. Furthermore, research has identified that employees are more likely to consume foods that are of no nutritional benefit whilst at work; doughnuts, bacon rolls, soft drinks, cake and crisps!
However, in this unhealthy situation, there is huge opportunity to drive positive change. From a workplace perspective, it is essential to support the nutritional well-being and overall health of our employees through education and access to healthy snacks and food choices.
The ‘elephant in the room’ is the contentious issue of snacking. Whilst snacking can be associated with negative health effects, it is not going away. Millennials love snacking; on average they will eat 4-5 snacks a day! And by 2025 they will make up 75% of the workforce. The urgent need is to create an environment of health and wellbeing. In doing so, employers are protecting themselves against the substantial loss associated with employees with poor diets; currently estimated to be £17b per year. By substituting the bad, with the good the benefits will not go unnoticed. Companies will discover a more engaged workforce, help establish healthy behaviours, benefit from an average return on investment of 1572%, for less than a cup of coffee per employee!
We believe in the power of good nutrition. Healthy Nibbles serve market leading retailers, mobile phone providers, commercial property companies, investment banks and utility companies. Our customers are the who’s who of socially responsible companies and organisations in the UK who understand that supporting the health, well-being and happiness of their people is not just the right thing to do but also sound economic sense. We’d love to support your company too! If you’d like to find out more, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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