Good nutrition at work

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 August 2001



(2001), "Good nutrition at work", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 31 No. 4.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2001, MCB UP Limited

Good nutrition at work

Good nutrition at work

A report by Penny Hunking, a state registered dietitian and managing director of the nutrition education company Energise Nutrition, found that many companies did little to influence and encourage better eating and exercise habits among their workforce. The report found that 66 per cent of participants in the survey expressed dissatisfaction about the opportunity to eat healthily at work. Canteens did not offer enough fresh and low fat options. Vending machines provided only sweets, chocolate bars and crisps. Many employees had to buy food off the premises but this was not an option for some workers on industrial parks. The report pointed to several deficiencies in the meals provided in many works canteens. For example, carbohydrate intakes were generally lower and fat levels higher than current UK recommendations. The intake of dietary fibre was low and the majority of women showed lower than recommended intakes of calcium and iron. Hunking believes that any steps employers can take to encourage their staff to eat a more healthy diet would have a positive effect on productivity. Full copies of the report are available from Energise Nutrition Limited, Tel: 01483 728470 or E-mail:, price £150.

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