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Emerging Snack and Beverage Trends in New York City

Healthy Snacks and Beverages in New York City

Changing snack and beverage trends in New York City are impacting everyone from small, local companies to the largest snack food distributor. To be successful in the long run, both big and small companies need to understand what consumers are looking for.

Meals

Rather than eating three meals per day, more consumers are looking for ways to enjoy six to eight smaller meals or snacks each day. While the nutritional needs of New York City employees and students have not changed, how they get those nutrients has. This means that each “mini-meal” consumed while at work or at school needs to be nutritionally solid.

Healthy snack and beverage options need to provide the right type of nutrition to meet those nutritional needs, but in smaller quantities. One way to do that is to offer snacks and beverages with the right balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat that will get them to their next consumption occasion.

Plant-based Snacks

While New York City consumers are gravitating toward snacks with high protein and fibrous plant ingredients, many other consumers are not. Historically, “healthy” plant-based snacks lacked flavor and had unusual textures. Dr. Christine Cioffe, senior vice president of PepsiCo Sustainability and Global Snacks R&D explained it best when she said, “People might change their behavior for something with a functional benefit, but overtime will fall off if it’s not flavorful.” Today, there are many delicious plant-based snacks available.

Determining which plant-based snack and beverage products to offer in the office break room or school lunchroom might sound overwhelming, but here are two approaches depending on the situation.

  • Survey employees or students about which plant-based products they already enjoy outside of work or school.
  • For new products and especially when people are suspicious about the taste, encourage employees or students to try new products by creating a trial run period for products at no cost. Then survey everyone to learn which snacks are the most popular.

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Organic, Non-GMO, and Socially Good Practices

Consumers want transparency about a number of things from the origins of their prepackaged snacks to how companies are accountable for their environmental footprints and the health of their consumers.

Helping New York City employees and students understand both the big picture and the little picture is important. For the little picture, provide information about what each term means, why it is relevant, and where to look for information on each product. Explaining why companies need to invest in socially good business practices and how it benefits the consumer is a great place to start understanding the big picture.

How is your business or school helping New York City employees or students meet their snacking goals? Consider removing the extra noise and offer only healthy snacks and beverages in your break room or lunchroom vending machine. We’ve done the hard work and made sure that all-natural and organic snacks and beverages are available. In addition, all of our options meet or exceed the minimum nutritional standards established by the USDA School Food Service Program.

For more information about adding healthy snack and beverage vending machines to your location, contact Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671.

New York City, Watch Out for New Terminology on Snacks and Beverages

Healthy Snacks and Beverages in New York City

When are healthy vending machine snacks and beverages still healthy snacks and beverages? When the term genetically modified organisms on the packaging has been changed to bioengineered.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing a terminology change from ‘genetically modified organisms’ (GMO) to ‘bioengineered’ (BE) for certain foods. The proposed new rule aims to establish a national standard, the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS), to disclose information about the BE status of snacks and beverages for consumers, and how those foods must be labeled.

Bioengineering, as defined by the proposed act, is a food “(A) that contains genetic material that has been modified through in vitro recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) techniques; and (B) for which the modification could not otherwise be obtained through conventional breeding or found in nature.”

What does that mean in plain English? The current term, GMO, will be replaced with BE, and products that meet a predefined set of criteria must follow the newly established rules to comply with the proposed act. Unfortunately, this change will place more of the burden on the consumer to understand the different components of the proposed rule, and how each one impacts labeling.

Unlike the USDA organic label, the label for the NBFDS won’t be a single icon that is easily recognized. Instead, companies have the option of using a text declaration on packaging, such as “bioengineered food” or “bioengineered food ingredient,” or in a sentence such as “contains/may contain a bioengineered food ingredient.” Additionally, companies have a third option of using a digital link or QR code disclosure rather than a label, text or sentence.

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The following are a few important points to know about the new labeling requirements when choosing snacks or beverages from the office break room vending machines.

  • The most predominant ingredient in a food, snack, or beverage would independently be subject to established (Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA)) labeling requirements. This includes raw produce, seafood, dietary supplements, and most prepared foods such as breads, cereals, non-meat canned and frozen foods, snacks, desserts, and drinks.
  • If a meat, poultry, or an egg ingredient is the third-most predominant ingredient, or lower, the food would be subject to the new BE labeling regulations.

Three important exceptions to the new BE labeling regulations are (1) when the first ingredient is meat, poultry, or eggs followed by any other ingredient even if that ingredient is one that has been genetically modified; (2) when the most predominant ingredient in a food is broth, stock, water, or a similar solution, and the second-most predominant ingredient in the food is meat, poultry, or eggs; and (3) if the food item in question is from an animal that consumed feed produced from or contained a BE ingredient.   

Rather than expecting New York City employees to keep track of every snack or beverage that falls under the new labeling requirements, remove the guesswork and offer only healthy snacks and beverages in their break room vending machines. And don’t forget about New York City students when considering which type of vending machines to add to the school lunchroom. Not only are healthy snacks and beverages better for their growing bodies, but they are also better for their long-term health.

For more information about adding healthy vending machines to your office break room or school lunchroom, call Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671. We look forward to hearing from you.

Consider Natural Sugar Alternatives in Your New York City Snacks and Beverages

Healthy Snacks and Beverages in New York City

Being aware of the type and amount of sugar in snacks and beverages is important. The number of New York City residents coping with health related problems connected to sugar has increased over the years. Katherine Allmandinger, manager of strategic insights at Nielsen Health & Wellness, shared that “one in five households has a diabetic member who is either pre-type I or II.” And diabetes and obesity are just two of the many issues.

Since many New York City consumers are leary of marketing claims regarding sugar, reading the nutrition and ingredient labels on the snacks and beverages they plan to purchase is becoming standard practice. The challenge for many consumers is knowing which sugar alternative to choose. Artificial sweeteners, while low in calories, are made from ingredients that are known to be harmful. A healthier alternative are natural sweeteners such as monk fruit, honey, and agave.

Monk Fruit

Monk fruit is a small sub-tropical melon from Asia that is 200 times sweeter than sugar. The easiest way to enjoy the sweetness of monk fruit is to use the extract or sweetener. Unlike other fruit, the monk fruit gets its sweetness from naturally occuring antioxidants instead of naturally occuring sugars. This difference is why monk fruit does not affect blood sugar. In addition to not impacting blood sugar levels, monk fruit has anti-inflammatory properties, combats infection, and fights fatigue.

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Honey

Honey is a sugary sweet liquid produced by honeybees. A natural sweetener, honey can be used as a substitute for sugar in snacks and beverages. But be careful, honey is sweeter than sugar so you’ll need less of it to get the same sweetness. As with monk fruit, honey has multiple health benefits. Honey boosts energy; contains a variety of vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and calcium; has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and antioxidant properties; and has trace amounts of more than 15 amino acids.

Agave

Agave is a succulent plant native to the southern United States that is transformed into dark and light agave nectars or syrups. The lighter nectar has a mild flavor while the darker nectar has a stronger flavor that has been said to be close to the flavor of  maple syrup. Just like monk fruit, agave nectar is low on the glycemic index and doesn’t cause a sugar rush and unhealthy blood sugar spike. Antibacterial properties, an improved immune system, and increased bone mineral density are just a few of the other health benefits of agave nectar.

Which sweetener would your New York City employees like to see in their healthy snacks and beverages? A great way to provide a variety of healthy options and give your employees’ finances a boost is to include reduced or zero cost healthy vending machines in your office break room. Healthy Vending can help you customize the perfect selection of snacks and beverages to meet your employees’ sweet and salty needs. Call us at 917.572.3671 for more information.

Healthy Vending Machine Alternatives in New York City

Healthy Vending Machine Options in New York City

Vending machines are here to stay. As of 2018, there are 1.3 million snack vending machines in the United States that offer primarily high-calorie snacks. This is a problem for the almost 40 percent of adults and 18 percent of children who are considered obese. Obesity, a serious medical condition, is known to cause heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, stroke, and multiple types of cancer.

One way researchers are trying to convince New York City consumers to eat healthier is to include a 25-second time delay on vending machines that encourages the consumer to make a healthier choice before the vending machine releases the traditional snack from the vending machine. Brad Appelhans, PhD, a clinical psychologist at the Rush University Prevention Center and lead investigator of the study relayed that the “delay yielded a 2 percent to 5 percent increase in the proportion of total purchases from healthy snacks.” The success of this approach stems from the fact that humans prefer immediate gratification, and immediate gratification influences choices and behavior.   

But this isn’t the only way to encourage New York City consumers to make healthy choices. Rather than creating an environment where individuals need to be psychologically encouraged to make healthy decisions, Healthy Vending provides only all-natural and organic beverage and snack alternatives that are great tasting and enjoyable.

Healthy Vending Machine Options in New York City

With vending machine technology that allows consumers to read the nutritional facts about a specific healthy snack or beverage before making a selection, New York City consumers can feel certain that they have made a good choice. Their wallets will also be happy as the majority of our healthy snacks and beverages are equal in price to unhealthy traditional options. It’s a double bonus—a happy waistline and a happy wallet.

Don’t forget to include students. They also need healthy vending machine snack and beverage choices while at school. Rather than hoping that they will make a healthy beverage choice, offer great-tasting beverages that don’t have large amounts of sugar or artificial sweeteners to go with a healthy snack. Together, Healthy Vending and your New York City school district will customize a list of healthy options to ensure that all items sold meet or exceed the minimum nutritional standards established by the USDA School Food Service Program.

Help your New York City employees or students make healthy vending machine choices. Be upfront with them about your break room goals and the importance of their health. To learn more about combining everything and creating a healthy office break room or school lunchroom, contact Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671. We look forward to helping you customize the perfect solution.

New York City, Are You Ready for the Next Generation of Sparkling Bottled Water?

Bottled Water in New York CityNestlé Waters North America certainly hopes so as they get ready to debut a new and updated line of sparkling bottled water from their regional spring water brands: Poland Spring®, Deer Park®, Zephyrhills®, Ozarka®, Ice Mountain® and Arrowhead® in office breakrooms around the country. Not only will there be new flavors, but there will also be a new bottle design and packaging and the introduction of a new versatile size—the 12 oz. can.  

Antonio Sciuto, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Nestlé Waters North America recently explained that “the sparkling water category is now mature enough for us to make a significant investment in developing this extensive line of mainstream sparkling offerings from our regional spring water brands, each of which is the top-selling still spring water brand in its market.” Just as with Nestlé Waters North America’s other products found in the office vending machine, the new sparkling bottled water will begin by sourcing real, natural spring water. Natural fruit flavors and added carbonation will round out the ingredient list to create a refreshing and delicious beverage.

Deciding which flavor of sparkling bottled water to choose may be the most challenging decision your New York City employees have to make. Ten new flavors including Lively Lemon, Lemon Lime, Zesty Lime, Orange, Triple Berry, Summer Strawberry, Raspberry Lime, Black Cherry, Pomegranate Lemonade, and Simply Bubbles will be available to choose from. And as always, each beverage will be calorie-free, sugar-free, and free of artificial colors.   

Bottled Water in New York City

Newly designed packaging will create an improved tactile and vibrant visual experience. In addition to offering the sparkling bottled water in 12 oz. cans—the preferred container for some New York City consumers—a new bottle design will be available. The new bottle will resemble vintage glass, be more comfortable to hold, and highlight the movement of sparkling bubbles. Each PET bottle will include an eye-catching label with vibrant and colorful fruit graphics, as well as a colored cap that will help consumers recognize the brand faster.

Don’t forget to offer healthy snacks along with that bottle of cool, naturally fruit-flavored sparkling water. It’s important to keep your New York City employees satiated as well as hydrated. To learn more about adding sparkling bottled water to your office break room beverage lineup, call Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671. We would love to help update your current vending machine offerings.

Healthy Vending in New York City Continues to Grow

Healthy Vending ChoicesHave you noticed that the availability of healthy vending machine options in New York City continues to increase? Traditional snacks and beverages have given way to vegetable chips, protein bars, and naturally flavored water. The catalyst for these changes doesn’t stem from a single event. Instead, multiple perspectives unwittingly met to produce an increase in demand for healthy vending machine snacks and beverages.

Two of those perspectives are a concern about the increase in obesity rates in the United States and a demand for more nutritionally sound and sustainable snacks and beverages. In order to learn more about a specific product, greater visibility of important information needed to occur.

Industry Requirements

In 2016, obesity rates in the state of New York were 25.5% for adults and 31.8% for children ages 10 to 17. Because of an on-going increase in country-wide obesity rates, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) determined that consumers (both adults and children) needed to be able to easily locate the nutritional information of a vending machine snack or beverage. As a result, new vending machine labeling requirements about the placement of the nutrition label on items purchased from vending machines were developed. Today, caloric information is visible on “vending machine foods for which the Nutrition Facts label cannot be examined before purchase or for which visible nutrition information is not otherwise provided at the point of purchase” (https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/ucm513910.htm).

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Consumer Demands

Many snack and beverage manufacturers, however, have decided to include more information about their healthy vending machine products than the FDA requires. Clear product labeling lets the New York City consumer know what the ingredients are, how many calories are in it, if the ingredients are organic, non-GMO, or vegan, or if the snack or beverage is Fair Trade certified.

The following list defines a few of the terms consumers are looking for when deciding whether or not to purchase an item.

  • Organic: “certified organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing, among many factors, soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives.” (from the USDA article, “Organic 101: What the USDA Organic Label Means”)
  • GMO-Free: products were grown or made without any genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • Sustainable:”production of food, fiber, or other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare” (from http://www.sustainabletable.org/246/sustainable-agriculture-the-basics)
  • Fair Trade: a “model of sustainable, ethical trade that puts people and planet first.” (from https://www.fairtradecertified.org/why-fair-trade)
  • Vegan: a vegan snack is one that does not contain any animal-based ingredients including meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey

The healthy vending industry offers convenient options that not only meet federal requirements, but also provide nutritious and sustainably-grown ingredients. To learn more about providing your New York City employees or students with healthy options, call Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671. We look forward to hearing from you.

New York City, Choose Healthy Snacks and Beverages in 2018

Healthy Snacks and Beverages in New York City

Deciding to “go healthy” is a lot easier than it once was as healthy snacks and beverages can be found almost everywhere from the corner store to the office break room vending machine. While the definition of “healthy” varies from person to person, the availability and variety of choices New York City consumers have to choose from keeps expanding. Recent research by Grand View Research, Inc., a market research and consulting company, projects that “the global organic food and beverage market is expected to reach USD 320.5 billion by 2025.”

Now, that is a lot of healthy snacks and beverages to choose from!

The challenge is finding one’s way through all of the choices. Two of the largest projected segments New York City consumers will be looking for include non-GMO products and organic fruits and vegetables. To be able to make an educated decision, it is important to understand what organic and non-GMO mean, and the benefits of purchasing not only organic fruits and vegetables but also products made from organic fruits, vegetables, and grains.

What does non-GMO mean?

Before understanding non-GMO, it is important to know what GMO means. The Non-GMO Project, a nonprofit organization, writes that “genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. This creates combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and virus genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.” So, a non-GMO product is a product that is grown or made without any GMOs.

Ongoing research continues to find evidence that connects GMOs to health problems, environmental damage, and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights. However, there have been no long-term studies completed that examine whether or not consuming GMOs is actually safe. At this point, it is up to the individual New York City consumer to make their own decision about GMOs.

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What does organic mean?

For any type of food to be labeled organic, it must have been grown or farmed without the use of artificial chemicals, hormones, antibiotics or GMOs. Different rules apply to growing crops (grains, fruits and vegetables) versus raising animals. Per NSF International, crops are to be “grown, handled and processed without the use of pesticides or other synthetic chemicals, irradiation, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or bioengineering [GMOs].”

One of the primary benefits of choosing organic grains, fruits, and vegetables, or healthy snacks and beverages made from them is the lack of pesticides, which have been proven to be harmful to humans. The adverse health effects of pesticides include: cancer, immune or nervous system damage, increased risk for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, fertility issues, depression,  ADHD in kids, and respiratory problems.  

Unfortunately, organic fruits and vegetables are not always readily available when New York City consumers are on-the-go. A great way to help your employees have access to organic choices when fresh produce isn’t available is to offer organic snacks and beverages in the office break room vending machine. Refueling and/or re-hydrating plus a healthy choice equals a win for everyone.

It’s time to create more winning opportunities in your office break room. Whether you’d like to add more healthy snacks and beverages, offer Free Vending, or completely overhaul your current vending machine selections, Healthy Vending can help. Call us at 917.572.3671 to get started.

Healthier Vending Machine Beverages in New York City

Healthy Vending Options in New York City

Vending machine technology is only one of the many aspects of the vending industry that has changed a lot since the first bottled soft drink machines, cooled with ice, appeared on the market in the 1930’s. Which beverages New York City consumers want to buy have also undergone several makeovers.

Diet sodas, for example, were first mass produced during the 1960’s and enjoyed a seemingly positive reputation until the early 2000’s when sales started to decline. The shift in opinion began as New York City consumers learned more about diet soda’s ingredients and understood that those ingredients were actually chemicals that were dangerous to their health.

Today, medical professionals have a better understanding about the downsides of consuming diet soda. Keri Glassman, R.D.N., at Women’s Health shares, “It [diet soda] is filled with unhealthy chemicals, including artificial sweeteners, which actually make[s] you crave more calories later” and contributes to weight gain.  

However, diet soda alone doesn’t cause all weight gain. Cara Harbstreet, R.D., of Street Smart Nutrition says, “Consumers of diet soda who engage in other lifestyle behaviors associated with poor health outcomes are at a greater risk than those who balance their intake of diet soda with other healthful habits.The variables make it difficult to pinpoint whether diet soda consumption alone is the cause of negative health outcomes, or whether it’s the culmination of a number of factors…nothing in nutrition or health exists in a vacuum.”

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As 2017 comes to a close, it is important to consider other habits that play a role in developing health-related issues such as not exercising, smoking, consuming too many sweets, and diet or regular soda instead of water, and not sleeping enough. The following are a few health issues that can happen as a result of doing either too much of a bad thing or not enough of a good thing.

  • not exercising enough: increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure, depressions, osteoporosis, bone fractures, and more sick days
  • smoking: higher risk of developing lung cancer, COPD including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and worsening asthma
  • eating and/or drinking too much sugar: greater risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, cavities, depression, joint pain, and an increase in wrinkles and saggy skin
  • not getting enough water: causes headaches, dry mouth, eyes, and skin, disorientation, low energy levels, muscle cramps or spasms, hunger, and mood swings
  • not getting enough sleep: increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, obesity, depression, lack of alertness, impaired memory, mood swings, and an increased chance of having a car accident

So, as 2018 is quickly approaching, individuals should focus on exercising, getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, and consuming healthy vending machine snack and beverage choices. But don’t forget to enjoy a special treat every once in awhile.

To help your New York City employees and students make healthy choices during the work or school day, offer a wide variety of healthy snacks and beverages in the office break room or school lunchroom vending machine. Not only will it positively impact your employees’ and students’ health, but it will also help maintain high energy levels and increase productivity. That’s a win-win for everyone.

For more information about adding healthy options to your current vending machines or creating the ultimate break room in 2018, call Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671. We’d love to help.

New Food and Beverage Choices Fill Millennials’ Shopping Carts in New York City

Healthy Snacks and Beverages in New York City

Which food and beverage choices did you purchase the last time you needed something to eat and drink? Was it a green tea or maybe a breakfast smoothie? If so, you might be one of the many New York City residents who have recently posted online about your experience.

According to a recently released study by CBD Marketing, Millennials, or those between the ages of 18 and 35, have played a key role in changing “long-standing truths” within food and beverage categories. The research analyzed 10.8 million social media posts and other online content specific to food (8.6 million) and beverage (2.2 million) product groups. Frequently used hashtags for foods included #healthy, #organic, #naturalfood, and #healthyfood), while #greentea, #healthy, #coffee, and #tea were seen most frequently for beverages.

Even though Millennials are tech savvy and share their thoughts and buying habits frequently and openly, it would be a mistake to treat all Millennials as one group. Millennials consist of three overlapping subgroups whose differences can greatly impact their preferences. Some are college students or living at home, others are out of college and just entering the workforce, and others are buying homes and starting families.

And don’t forget to consider other New York City demographics when monitoring social media insights. For example, women created 62 percent of the content while men created only 38 percent. The study also found that “Millennial men and women use very different descriptors when talking online, so it’s important to use language that reflects your target audience.” The top terms used more frequently and often by women include love, amazing, good, best, favorite, enjoy, and delicious) while men used good, love, great, enjoy. Men also seemed to express negative options more frequently.

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CBD Marketing’s Co-CEO Lori Colman said it best when she said that “businesses and brands that mine this treasure trove of online data will be the ones that market their products successfully.” In order to learn about your New York City employees’ food and beverage preferences for the office break room consider the following criteria.

Food Preferences
  • Like healthy, natural foods; support alternative food distribution via meal delivery and meal services
  • Buy from environmentally conscious manufacturers and purveyors; want transparency
  • Gravitate to cultural flavors and foods like Scandinavian and Indian
Beverage Preferences
  • Looking for green tea, kombucha and even traditional hot lemon teas
  • Want flavored, sparkling and plain water, “better-for-you” drinks promoting energy, immunity, digestive health
  • Enjoy plant-based milks, and cold brew

How many of these healthy food and beverage choices are available for your employees in the New York City office break room? If you’d like to add more options or bring some variety to your current vending machine offerings, Healthy Vending can help. Contact us at 917.572.3671 to get started.

Healthy Vending Machine Options in New York City Can Boost Productivity

Healthy Vending Machine Choices in New York City

Corporate wellness programs including those that offer healthy vending machine options can have a positive impact on both an employee’s health and on the company’s productivity, but only if the wellness program is implemented carefully.

A recent study by researchers at the University of California, Riverside, UCLA, and Washington University in St. Louis found that wellness program participation “improved average worker productivity by over 4 percent” which is roughly equivalent “to adding one additional day of productive work per month for each employee” (Gubler, Larkin, & Pierce,2017, p. 2). Taken one step further, researchers determined that by using diet and exercise, sick and healthy employees increased their productivity by 10 percent.  

There are, however, several important caveats to consider.

  • Participation must be voluntary. Researchers found that when participation was required or strongly suggested through social or financial pressure, the participants reacted negatively. Participants perceived the company to be overstepping its bounds and interfering in their health and lifestyle choices.
  • Participants must believe in the program’s merits and safety. Highlighting the differences between the reality of the program versus its perceptions will help employees trust that their health data will remain private and will not be used for employment-related purposes.
  • Long-term productivity gains are unlikely to be sustainable through single or short-term interventions. Employers must consider multiple or long-term wellness support for employees if increased productivity is to be sustainable.

Wellness programs or interventions can occur in many different forms from fitness activities to healthy food choices in the office break room vending machine. The best choices for your specific organization will likely vary from the organization next door. Ask your New York City employees for their opinions and preferences. To start the conversation, consider a few of the following options.

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Fitness
  • encourage public transportation, walking or biking—arrange for bike racks and provide “bike to work” promotional materials
  • encourage stairwell use by strategically placing posters with information about the physical benefits of using stairs
  • offer corporate discounts for health club memberships or offer an on-site fitness facility
  • coordinate and market running and walking groups and other monthly and weekly fitness challenges
Corporate Culture
  • Turn sit-down meetings into walking meetings
  • bring in items that will encourage folks to take a break and rejuvenate such as scooters, game rooms, footballs, and hula hoops
  • incorporate plants and other greenery around the office
  • offer a quiet spot to take a nap
Food Choices
  • offer healthy snack and beverage vending machine choices in the office break room— don’t forget to include non-dairy milk options for those who are vegan or are dairy intolerant
  • offer free or reduced cost refreshments for employees—it’s a great morale booster
  • throw a monthly healthy potluck
  • coordinate with a community supported agriculture (CSA) for local fruit and vegetable deliveries to the office  and/or find local farmers markets

Whether you are looking to offer free or subsidized snack and beverage choices or add a new vending machine to your office break room, Healthy Vending can help. We offer a wide variety of products and services that can help boost your employees’ wellness and productivity. Call us at 917.572.3671 for more information.  

Reference:

Gubler, T., Larkin, I., and Pierce, L. (June 28, 2017). Doing Well by Making Well: The Impact of Corporate Wellness Programs on Employee Productivity. Forthcoming, Management Science. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2811785