25 Wellness Tips

We spoke to operators to get 25 tips from their successful health and wellness programs.

Color code for easy guidance: The biggest impact for us has been expanding our color-coding system. We color code everything green, yellow or red based on its nutritional content. We also color code gluten-free items with blue. It gives everyone an easy reference point. We do it everywhere now, not just the utensils on the serving line. There are colored dots on the packaging for grab-and-go items and the menu items on our digital display board are written in green, yellow, red or blue. There are also handouts all over the café that show what all the colors mean from a nutritional standpoint.

—Damian Monticello, corporate hospitality services manager, Florida Blue, Jacksonville, Fla.  

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