Although many factors influence the rapidly increasing rates of obesity, research indicates that increased consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages plays a significant role in driving current obesity trends. The USDA reports that the major sources – 36 percent of added sugars in the diets of American – come not from candy and desserts, but from soda, energy drinks and sports drinks.
Employees spend 60 percent of their waking hours at work and this usually includes at least one meal time. Most people consume more energy than they use or “burn off”, resulting in weight gain and other related health problems. Swapping sugar sweetened beverages for water or low sugar options, is an easy way for employees to improve their health. Here are a few ideas:
- Install a water cooler in the break room and/or other locations around the building.
- Stock bottled water and make it available for clients and guests, as well as employees.
- Make coffee and tea free of charge to encourage consumption of other no-calorie beverages