ERIC Number: ED286014
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar
Nutrition Programs in the Workplace. WBGH Worksite Wellness Series.
As is the case with other worksite wellness programs, company-sponsored nutrition programs have been expanding both in numbers and in depth. Besides offering a convenient health-enhancing benefit to employees, worksite nutrition programs benefit business by preventing several costly nutrition-related health problems, enhancing employees' overall sense of well-being, and ultimately increasing employee productivity. The workplace offers several advantages as a site for nutrition education. It offers the potential to harness social support and social influence from coworkers and management, the availability of a daily eating situation, and opportunities for follow-up and reinforcement. Depending on the individual company and its needs, company nutrition programs can focus on any one or a combination of several or all of the following: cafeteria or point-of-purchase nutrition education, weight control, cholesterol reduction, programs for pregnant or lactating women, and nutrition education activities. Although evaluation data from worksite nutrition programs still remain limited, a number of studies have confirmed the effectiveness of company-sponsored nutrition programs in helping employees lose weight, reduce their cholesterol, and improve their eating habits at work. (Fourteen examples of companies that offer worksite nutrition education programs are included in this document.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Body Weight, Corporate Education, Cost Effectiveness, Eating Habits, Employee Assistance Programs, Employer Employee Relationship, Health Programs, Nutrition, Nutrition Instruction, Obesity, Personnel Policy, Physical Fitness, Pregnancy, Program Development, Well Being, Wellness
Prevention Leadership Forum, Washington Business Group on Health, 229 1/2 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003 ($15.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Public Health Service (DHHS), Rockville, MD. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
Authoring Institution: Washington Business Group on Health, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see CE 048 292-305.