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About the Healthy Eating Toolkit

This Healthy Eating Toolkit provides practical guidance in promoting healthy eating in companies as part of an integrated health and wellbeing programme.

Created by employers for employers, this unique resource draws on the collective experience and expertise of ARAMARK, Cadbury, Danone, Kellogg’s, Tate & Lyle, Unilever and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF)

  • all members of the Business in the Community Healthy

Eating Steering Group – with additional support from the Food Standards Agency, Business in the Community’s Business Action on Health campaign and HR consultancy Towers Perrin.

The Toolkit has been designed to be used in conjunction with the Towers Perrin Healthy Workplace Action Pack and includes:

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    The business case for promoting healthy eating among employees;

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      Examples of best practice and lessons learned from companies;

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      A 2-step model for planning, executing, reviewing and updating your own healthy eating initiative;

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      Additional resources and information.

If you would like more information about this Toolkit or promoting health and wellbeing in your organisation, contact Tom Cousins on 020 7566 6656 or email tom.cousins@bitc.org.uk

A 1% decrease in hydration levels can produce a decrease of up to 20% in production levels. Poor nutritional balance alone correlates to an 8% reduction in productivity and people with bad diets are absent 15% more than those with good diets.

Health and Performance Research Study by Vielife, Harvard Medical School and Institute for Health & Productivity Management 2005

The cost of obesity is estimated at up to £3.7 billion per year, including £49 million for treating obesity, £1.1 billion for treating the consequences of obesity, and indirect costs of £1.1 billion for premature death and £1.45 billion for sickness absence. The cost of obesity plus overweight is estimated at up to £7.4 billion per year.

Department of Health Summary of Intelligence on Obesity, 2004

Poor eating habits such as having no breakfast and lunch or having no breakfast and snacks leads to a productivity loss of almost 97 million working days, worth £16.85 billion, a year.

BaxterStorey Workplace Productivity Survey (conducted by Ipsos Mori), 2007

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