Avoiding The Office Holiday Weight Gain While Promoting Wellness

As an employer who actively promotes wellness, the holidays can be especially challenging. Company potlucks, client gift baskets and platters, and holiday parties are breeding ground for unhealthy eating. Setting a good example for employees at this time of year is imperative to keep up the momentum that has been built throughout the year for your wellness program.

Health care costs associated with poor diets account for roughly $200 billion each year in lost productivity and medical expenses. Offering healthy food options at the workplace holiday party helps employers avoid these problems and supports a culture that values health and wellness.

Here are some suggestions for healthy workplace food and drink options that can help make company holiday events easy and centered on wellness:

Beverages:

  • Ice water or bottled spring or sparkling water with no sugar added
  • 100 percent fruit or vegetable juices
  • Coffee with skim or 1 percent milk, or fat-free half-and-half
  • Regular or herbal tea

Breakfast Events:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Non-fat or low-fat yogurt
  • Bagels (3½ inches in diameter or less) served with fat-free cream cheese or sugar-free jelly
  • Small or mini muffins (5 grams of fat or less per muffin)
  • Fruit breads (5 grams of fat or less per 1 ounce slice)
  • Granola bars (5 grams of fat or less per bar)

Lunch and Dinner Events:

  • Entrees with no more than 12 to 15 grams of fat
  • Entrees that are broiled, baked, grilled or steamed
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Salads with low-fat dressings on the side
  • Whole grain breads without butter or margarine
  • Reduced-fat pretzels and chips

Snacks:

  • Raw vegetables with fat-free or low-fat dressing or salsa
  • Low-fat pretzels served with sweet mustard
  • Baked tortilla chips with salsa
  • Fresh fruit

By providing these healthy options at the workplace holiday event, you can positively influence your employees’ eating habits, saving your organization money—and possibly their lives.