Given that most adults spend many of their waking hours at work, worksites are seen as a potentially useful place to encourage employees to purchase and eat nutritious foods. Worksites may include interventions focused on the individual, the physical environment (e.g., availability of fruits and vegetables at an on-site cafeteria), and/or changes in policies to support access (e.g., reduced costs for nutritious foods). Some programs and policies have been offered by management, while others have been developed jointly through labor/management negotiations. There are also interventions that have been developed to build support for employees and their families (e.g., education about nutritious food preparation).
For example, you might choose to install an on-site cafeteria, develop point-of-purchase signs or bring in health educators to inform employees about nutritious foods. In developing your intervention, it is important to consider the feasibility of engaging in these various strategies and to consider alternatives as appropriate. For example, many small businesses find it useful, and cost effective, to work with existing community programs to support employees or their families with nutrition education off-site. It is also important that the opportunities created are flexible enough to meet the needs of a wide variety of employees.
Previous work in worksite-based settings has found: