Promote Workplace Wellness

The Physicians Committee


  • Helping employees achieve optimal health is not only the right thing to do, but can impact a company’s bottom line.
  • Host nutrition experts to talk to employees about healthy eating. The Physicians Committee's Food for Life instructors can conduct interactive sessions for employees consisting of nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, food samples, and supportive group discussions.
  • Here the Physicians Committee's Nutrition Program Manager Jill Eckart shows staff how to sauté vegetables without oil.
  • Help employees start the day off right with an oatmeal breakfast bar. See the sidebar for how we do it.
  • Have a blender available for staff, so employees can have a healthy fruit smoothie for a mid-day snack. Designate one morning a week as a “Smoothie Day” in which an employee can volunteer to make a fruit smoothie to share with colleagues. Here a Physicians Committee employee enjoys a strawberry pear fruit smoothie. Make smoothies dairy free to avoid saturated fat, cholesterol, hormones linked to cancer, and other harmful substances.
  • Provide healthy, low-fat plant-based snack options like vegetables and hummus or white bean dip, whole wheat crackers, and fresh fruit at meetings, staff celebrations, happy hours, and other events.
  • During a recent wellness education series, the Physicians Committee created wellness cubicles on each floor in which employees could measure biometrics such as body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure. Employees could also grab a healthy snack from a fruit bowl and nutrition and health information. Here a Physicians Committee staff person takes her blood pressure in a wellness cubicle.
  • Provide good knives, cutting boards, and other kitchen tools to help employees make fresh and healthy lunches based on the Power Plate during the work day.
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Adults in the United States spend more than half of their waking hours at work, giving employers a unique opportunity to impact the health and wellness of their employees. With chronic disease rates rising and health care costs mounting, it’s more important than ever that workplaces adopt programs and policies to encourage employees to eat more healthfully.

Helping employees achieve optimal health is not only the right thing to do, but can impact a company’s bottom line. Healthy employees reduce the cost of health insurance premiums and other health related expenses, are more productive during the workday, and take off less work time for illness and doctor’s visits. When Physicians Committee researchers conducted an 18-week plant-based dietary intervention program at a Geico office in Maryland, participating employees experienced increased productivity and the alleviation of symptoms of anxiety, depression, and fatigue. The results of the study were published in the March/April 2015 issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

If you’d like help encouraging healthy eating habits in your office or would like to bring our Food for Life Employee Wellness Program to your employees, please fill out this online form or contact us at