Making your office a healthier place

15329273_SSmall businesses often don’t have a lot of money to spend on employee benefits, let alone wellness programs. But here are a few ways you can help your office be a healthier place:

Get rid of the candy bowl. Studies show that office workers gain weight over time when there’s a candy bowl in close proximity. According to Cornell University, the average American worker is putting on seven pounds a year eating candy and chocolate at work! Consider replacing your candy bowl with a basket of fresh fruit or packaged healthy snacks. And don’t forget to bring healthy snacks and beverages from home each day so you don’t have to resort to the office vending machine!

Make meetings healthier. Are you in charge of meetings? Consider offering bottled water instead of soda and ditching the donuts during meetings in favor of a healthier snack.

Ask employees for help. Most people these days are trying be healthier. If you’re a business owner, why not ask employees what they think the company should offer? Discounted gym memberships? Walking sessions? Help from a healthy eating expert? One company offers employees the opportunity to take 20-minute walking sessions each day.