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Food matters

17 May 2018

Employers who invest in their employees’ health receive an estimated ROI of at least 76% on productivity gains alone. Employees who improve their diet and their health increase productivity by about 10%.1

These ideas will encourage your staff to eat healthier. Here are some ways to make lasting changes.

Make it easier 2

  • Provide a daily mini fruit bar, serve fruit at meetings instead of biscuits or cake, and add healthier options to vending machines.
  • Create a staff kitchen or dining area for preparing or heating up homemade meals.
  • Provide discounts on healthy snacks and meals.

Give it a name 3

  • Add labels to healthier meals or snacks, marking items as low-fat, low-salt, or low-sugar and highlighting nutritional information.
  • Partner with catering services and plan menus which make the most of high quality ingredients.

Educate and inspire 2, 4

  • Add posters around the office with tips, information, and reminders such as “Eat your 5 a day”.
  • Organise workshops where people can learn new cooking skills and food pairings.
  • Set up fun and healthy competitions among colleagues, such as a challenge to eat at least four home cooked meals in a week or a vegetable “bake-off”.




  1. Gubler T, Larkin I, Pierce L. Doing Well by Making Well: The Impact of Corporate Wellness Programs on Employee Productivity. Forthcoming, Management Science. Published 28 June 2017. Updated 01 July 2017. Accessed 27th October 2017.
  2. British Heart Foundation. Eat well ideas. Accessed 4th September 2017.
  3. Public Health England. Healthier and More Sustainable Catering - A toolkit for serving food to adults. 2017. Accessed 4th September 2017.
  4. The Workplace Wellbeing Charter. Healthy Eating at Work 2016. Accessed 4th September 2017.