Keeping staff happy could be as simple as providing fresh fruit and vegetables at work, a recent 5+ A Day survey shows. The survey into consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables in the workplace found 69 percent of Kiwis would feel positively towards their employer if fresh fruit and vegetables were available to them.
A healthy work environment could also benefit the bottom line, with 72 percent of workers agreeing that eating a healthy lunch made them feel more productive for the rest of the day.
Twenty-nine percent of those surveyed also said their employers provide information on healthy eating, and 23 percent of workers said their employer has a healthy eating policy.
In addition, 64 percent of respondents said they would participate in a healthy eating challenge if it was organised by their employer.
The results of the survey show New Zealand employers could be doing more to boost employee wellbeing and productivity.
Anna Sloan, dietitian at Nutrition Connection says eating fruit daily provides immunity-boosting vitamins and is a nutrient dense source of energy.
“Having fruit available as a snack means employees are less likely to need an afternoon trip to the vending machine, snack box or caffeine hit,” she says. “Encouraging employees to base their lunch meals around vegetables, protein and a handful-serve of carbohydrates also helps with this.”
The results are from a survey of 368 people nationwide, conducted by Nielsen in November. It forms part of 5+ A Day’s ongoing research into the eating habits of New Zealanders when it comes to fruit and vegetables.
Launch of 5+ A Day Workplace Wellness Hub – February 2017
The research has inspired the launch of the 5+ A Day Workplace Wellness Hub. Check it out here and get your company or organisation involved.
Exciting Media Planned
You can also get involved on our social media platforms to win great prizes. Follow @5adaynz on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest for fresh inspiration, recipes and prizes.
Print & Radio Partnerships
Our partnership with Bite (NZ Herald’s weekly Monday food supplement) for a double page photo spread creating workplace lunches with fresh fruit and vegetables. Check it out on Monday 13th February 2017.
Our workplace message will feature on The Hits and will give listeners the chance to win a ‘Workplace Shout’ of fresh fruit and vegetables for their team. We will also be featured on thehits.co.nz, linking to our 5+ A Day website and social channels.
Consumer and Business media releases showcasing our new research will be sent out Tuesday 7th February to build awareness for our new Workplace initiative.
The importance of a healthy lunch at work full of fresh fruit and vegetables, survey results and prizes giveaways will run nationally throughout February.