A workplace's culture around food can have a big impact on what and how a person eats and drinks during their work day - and even away from work.
This is the area businesses can have the most impact in guiding their people towards a healthy food culture.
- Adopt healthy catering guidelines. These can apply to on-site cafés or canteens, vending machines, and food your workplace provides at meetings and events. See the Ministry of Health’s Healthy Food and Drink Policy for Organisations for help. Also see the Heart Foundation’s healthy catering resources or its Guidelines for Providing Healthier Cafeteria Food.
- If you have drinks other than water available, make sure they include low or no-sugar drink options – see the Health Promotion Agency's guide for providing healthier beverage options in your workplace.
- Consider subsidising healthy options in the staff café.
- Organise healthy food deliveries. If people can’t easily buy healthy food near work, consider taking orders and getting deliveries from a local café or caterer.
- Promote activities that encourage healthy food, such as healthy food team challenges, healthy recipe collections and swaps, and healthy breakfast clubs.
- Regularly include healthy food information/recipes/advice/links in staff communications.
- Support breastfeeding in the workplace. See this employers' guide to breastfeeding in the workplace and consider applying for certification as a breastfeeding-friendly workplace.