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Healthy Eating at Meetings

October 15, 2013 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian

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We tend to eat and drink the food and beverages that are accessible and in view. As a result, the standard fare at many meetings can easily derail our healthy eating goals.

For example, if there are cookies, donuts or sugary drinks provided at a meeting, there’s a good chance that we'll have one (or more). Luckily, we can use this tendency to eat what we see to our advantage by asking meeting planners to provide healthy food and beverages.  If your workplace doesn't already have a healthy food policy for meetings, check out Eat Smart Meet Smart for tools and tips to help meeting planners order healthy and delicious meals and snacks. Offering healthy food and beverages for meetings that occur over regular meal or break times makes a lot of sense for employers. It shows employees that management cares about their health, and also helps to ensure that they'll have enough energy to be productive during the meeting.

Here are some quick ideas for healthier alternatives for your next meeting.

Try Healthier Snacks

  • Assorted fruit, or fruit salad with yogurt
  • Sliced vegetables and Greek yogurt dip
  • Whole grain bread, bagels or crackers with cheese, hummus or nut butter

Try Healthier Beverages

  • Water
  • Coffee (regular and decaf)
  • Tea (black, green or herbal)
  • Milk or fortified soy beverage (2% fat or less)

With healthy and delicious food in sight, at least you’ll have something to look forward to at your next meeting.

The "At Work" section of HealthyFamilies BC has tools and resources to help employers and employees create workplaces that support healthy choices.  If you're wondering how your workplace health program stacks up, or if you want to know how to make improvements, try the Workplace Check – an online Q&A that provides helpful results.


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