25 Wellness Tips
We spoke to operators to get 25 tips from their successful health and wellness programs.
Encourage produce consumption: This past year we launched the Take Action for Health campaign for our staff, which is a program from the Network for a Healthier California. I really liked it because the program was ready to go. You just need to customize it to your operation. We decided to focus on increasing fruit and vegetable consumption. The program lasted 12 weeks and participants tracked their produce consumption during those times as members of teams. Each week, each team member worked toward his/her goal and if he/she met the goal four or more times during the week, then he/she was eligible for either a weekly incentive or a larger incentive at the end. The weekly incentives included things like a carrot pen, tomato seedlings, a free Naked Juice or a free lip balm. Or they could bank the weekly $3 value for the end of the incentive period where they got a grocery gift card. At the end of the campaign, we had 12 teams (85 employees) finish. The results indicated that in every case the total intake of fruits and vegetables was greater in the final six weeks than in the first six weeks.
—Linda Adams, R.D., director of sustainability and nutrition for Sodexo, University of California, Davis