Typical Canadian Snacks
A recent study highlights the relationship between workplace stress and snacking on the job. Stress combined with the unhealthy eating options most commonly available is an dangerous combination. This study looked at European Union workers but the symptoms should seem very familiar to Canadians.
Gavin Stainton, director of product innovation at Herbalife, who was commenting on research into the eating habits of workers in the EU.
The study, which was carried out by Herbalife in conjunction with food psychologist Dr Barbara Stewart-Knox of the Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), showed a strong link between work-related stress and workers likelihood to snack on unhealthy foods high in fat, sugar and salt.
He said: “When people are under stress it is human nature to reach for a snack, so if employers wish to keep their staff healthy they should try to make healthy snacks readily available.
“More and more employers are already looking at employee health as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies and trying to help their staff eat more healthily.”
Currently, Stainton said, when many employees want a snack they go to the vending machine and are faced by a range of soft drinks, crisps and chocolate.
“Food manufacturers need to be forward thinking,” he said. “Obesity is a global problem and healthy snacking is the future.” via Office workers could beat stress with healthy snacks.
With the obesity epidemic spreading across North America, Canadian businesses as well as government facilities are showing increased concern about the health of their employees. Large companies are establishing healthy eating policies that look at every aspect of their food services from the cafeteria to the snack room. Vending machines, which have been taken for granted, are being re-examined to see how they fit in with the larger worker health goals of the organization. Smaller workplaces, as well, are beginning to respond to the requests of their employees for a healthy option to the usual metal box full of fat and sugar-laden products. The EU study points to the complex relationship between eating and other aspects of employee health. Healthy vending is set to become as much a staple in the Canadian workplace as the vending machine selling pop or potato chips.
Canadian Healthy Vending