Make September Fruit & Veggie Month at your Workplace
Promoted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), September is National Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month. As we see health care costs continue to increase, it’s critical that we support the health of our employees in order to improve productivity, reduce absenteeism, and lower health care costs. And, because we know that less than 15% of Americans eat the daily recommended number of fruits and vegetables, we encourage you to make September Fruit & Veggie Month!
Ranging in price, here are some ideas to promote Fruit & Veggie Month in your office:
- Replacing the candy bowl with apples, bananas, and oranges
- Organizing potlucks to showcase unique fruit and vegetable recipes (The CDC shares fruit and vegetable recipes here)
- Coordinating a Registered Dietitian to host a Lunch & Learn in order to share professional advice and offer nutritional information to employees
- Encouraging employees to share simple and fresh recipes at Monthly Staff Meetings
- Providing fruit and vegetable afternoon snacks or refreshments once per week (such as a fruit or vegetable tray, fresh juice, or even dark chocolate covered strawberries)
By implementing some of these suggestions and others to promote Fruit & Veggie Month you can reduce an employee’s likelihood to develop many common diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Improving the baseline health of your employees and developing healthy habits in the office will ultimately provide financial savings to your organization while creating a healthier, happier community.