The food a person eats will directly and indirectly affect his physical and mental well-being. Just like the gasoline you put in your car to keep it running properly, the food you eat will affect how your body runs. Healthy eating can help prevent many chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and some cancers to name a few. Eating healthy foods and being physically active will help you and your employees maintain a healthy body weight and help prevent many chronic diseases.
Not only do the majority of worksites have vending machines, but recent studies have shown that:
- People want—and are more prone to buy—food out of vending machines if the selections are healthier;
- Reducing the price of low-fat vending items was associated with increasing sales of these items, with no negative effect on machine profits.
What can employers do to improve vending choices and support healthier eating behaviors?