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Chez Workplace: Study Links Teaching Kitchens to Good Employee Wellbeing and Health Behavior Outcomes

Chez Workplace: Study Links Teaching Kitchens to Good Employee Wellbeing and Health Behavior Outcomes

A study investigating the feasibility of workplace teaching kitchens, and the outcomes that might result from integrating them with other types of health behavior interventions, may herald a new and important movement for employee wellbeing programs. The Teaching Kitchen Collaborative — led by the Culinary Institute of America and Harvard TH Chan School of Public […]

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  June 27, 2017   No comments
Healthy Workplace Food Is Served, Not Force-Fed

Healthy Workplace Food Is Served, Not Force-Fed

Resistance to offering healthy workplace food options — whether it’s raised by cafeteria operators, vending machine operators, or company leaders — is often based on a myth that assumes employees demand unhealthy food, and don’t want healthy unprocessed food. A new survey provides some evidence that it’s time we toss this myth down the garbage disposal. According to the 2017 […]

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  May 30, 2017   No comments
Wellness vs Revenue: Tossing My Cookies about Corporate Dining

Wellness vs Revenue: Tossing My Cookies about Corporate Dining

As an employee wellness manager for a large company, I was given responsibility for dining services — cafeterias, catering, and vending machines — with the express goal of accelerating our commitment to providing healthier options. Easier said than done. A slew of challenges ensued, but most perplexing were those instances in which food service operations directly conflicted with […]

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  May 8, 2017   No comments
CEOs: Bad Jokes About Good Food

CEOs: Bad Jokes About Good Food

Here’s an excerpt from a post originally published on LinkedIn. This section of the post had to do with how CEOs can support their employees who prefer not to be surrounded with unhealthy food all day everyday.   A leader shows up at an employee celebration and, in his or her opening remarks, breaks the ice […]

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  February 22, 2017   No comments
Washington Post Gets the Scoop on Office Candy Bowls

Washington Post Gets the Scoop on Office Candy Bowls

Candy bowls at work — social lubricant for some, diet disaster for others. The Washington Post recently took a deep dive into office candy bowls, uncovering their influence over co-workers and citing some caloric implications, as well. Some data points from the article: We secretly tracked how quickly candy disappeared from a jar in The Post graphics department for […]

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  February 18, 2017   No comments
My Nine Assumptions About Workplace Food-Sharing

My Nine Assumptions About Workplace Food-Sharing

I’ve staked my career to evidence showing that the wellness industry’s emphasis on behavior change amounts to little more than victim-blaming in the context of organizations and jobs that are inherently harmful. But I acknowledge that employees at many workplaces have a big role in shaping their environment. Sometimes those environments can be harmful. Nowhere […]

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  February 5, 2017   2 comments