Why Do Companies Need a Cafe Wellness Strategy?
1. It's About Lives
1 in 4: # of deaths attributed to heart disease
1 in 3: # of Americans with pre-diabetes
9 in 10: # with pre-diabetes who don't know they have it
Companies are investing significant resources all in the name of wellbeing but all too commonly, the corporate cafe may be hindering their best efforts. Food programs that do not encourage healthier eating could be negatively impacting an organization's most important asset, its people by:
contributing to the high rates of chronic diet related health problems (heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, etc.).
exacerbating mental health issues (e.g. stress, depression).
inducing lethargy and fatigue instead of vitality and energy.
2. Poor Nutrition Comes At A High Cost
The cumulative impact of unhealthy food environments falls squarely on the shoulder of employers who must bear the burden of a disengaged workforce, poor company performance and rising health insurance premiums. The annual cost to care for an employee with 1 modifable risk factor is $1837, 30% higher. The corporate cafe is an opportunity to dramatically impact employee health and wellbeing and can be leveraged to serve as an extension of a company's corporate wellness program.
3. Good Food Boosts Morale & Shows You Care
Personal food preferences have shifted dramatically over the past several decades. Some are following special diets to manage weight related chronic health problems while others are managing life-threatening food allergies and sensitivities. Mounting concerns over the health of our environment are shaping food choices while others are simply looking to hack their performance with food. Updating your onsite food program with health and sustainability in mind is a way you can show your employees you are listening and you care. The impact this will have on employee morale and loyalty will pay for itself in dividends.
4. Nutritious & Delicious Food Is Protective
Here's what the research says...
Those following a Mediterranean diet have a 33% reduced risk of depression.
Women who averaged two to three servings of whole grains a day were 30% less likely to have developed type 2 diabetes than those who rarely ate whole grains.
Diets high in fiber are linked with a 40% reduction in heart disease.