Increasingly, employers are encouraging and rewarding healthy behaviors. We’ve gathered 5 great ideas from employers all over
the country to inspire you to eat healthy and be green at work. Want even more ideas? Read our special report about 5
employers—of all kinds and sizes—that are helping their staffers to eat and live well.
Great Idea #1
Stock healthy snacks—like the fresh fruit and nuts that managers at Chandler Chicco Agency, a healthcare PR firm in New York
City, bring into the office each week.
Great Idea #2
Ditch the vending machine and replace it with a refrigerator, as NRG Systems in Hinesburg, Vermont, did to save energy (the
machines are notorious guzzlers). They also got rid of a tempting junk-food showcase; now the fridge is stocked with water,
100% fruit juices and other healthy beverages, and employees help themselves.
Great Idea #3
Send in the farm: once a week, a local farm delivers a CSA (community supported agriculture) “share” of fresh produce to
Laloo’s, a goat-milk ice cream company in Petaluma, California. From the bounty, the 15 staffers prepare communal lunches
(three days a week).
Great Idea #4
Call in a healthy caterer instead of ordering pizzas to sustain your team during seminars or late work nights. Employees of
Boeing and Starbucks (corporate office) turn to Organic To Go, a quick-service food retailer that also does delivery and
corporate catering in Seattle, Los Angeles and Orange County, California. The company’s fresh organic line includes a big
selection of wraps, salads and sandwiches—available buffet-style or packed into individual lunch bags (along with apple
slices, bottled water and a homemade cookie).
Great Idea #5
Demand change—like college students across the country who rallied to bring local foods to campus cafeterias and won. When
the University of Vermont’s food service, Sodexho, responded to students’ requests for local foods, it shifted $50,000 of
purchasing to area farmers in 8 weeks. Your vote matters, so find that comment box at your work café and use it.