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New Study Finds Eating More Produce Boosts Mental Health, Underscores Value of Health Enhancement Systems Approach
Date:1/19/2013

ram tabulating, no weighing or measuring. Just easy-to-remember daily selections of colorful produce — with more than 120 to choose from. An easy-to-use tracker, delicious recipes, and daily tips help keep motivation high — and a friendly team competition makes the hard work of behavior change fun and rewarding.

National Nutrition Month, recognized every March, is a good opportunity for worksite wellness programs to have more impact by leveraging public health messages. Communicating new findings about produce consumption and mental well-being will offer employees another compelling reason to eat 5 a day — or even more.

Produce First — The Compelling Case for Simplifying Workplace Nutrition Programs, a free white paper by Health Enhancement Systems, details the advantages of helping employees and dependents eat a variety of produce every day. It also offers specific strategies, such as:

  • Underscoring education. Provide workers with plentiful tips (such as knowing what makes up a serving, putting produce at the top of the grocery list, and bagging it first) as well as recipes.
  • Making convenience count. Keep “grab-and-go” snacks like apples, baby carrots, and bananas easily accessible in cafeterias and vending areas.
  • Concentrating on color over calories. Encourage employees to focus on produce color, variety, and freshness instead of counting calories or weighing portions. Brighter, deeper hues look and taste better, while signifying higher concentrations of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals.    
  • Managing the message. Prominently posting the produce first message throughout work spaces — break rooms, cafeterias, even stairwe
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