The study, published in of Preventive Medicine, demonstrated that employees at a large urban hospital who purchased the in its cafeteria were more likely to have an unhealthy diet outside of work, be overweight and obese. They also were more likely to have risk factors for and cardiovascular disease, compared to employees who made healthier purchases. “Employer-sponsored programmes to promote healthy eating could reach millions of Americans and help to curb obesity, a worsening epidemic that too often leads to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer,” said Anne N Thorndike, from Massachusetts General Hospital, and in the US. These findings can lead to more effective strategies to encourage employees to choose healthier foods and reduce their risks for “Workplace wellness programmes have the potential to promote lifestyle changes among large populations of employees, yet to date there have been challenges to developing effective programs. We hope our findings will help to inform the development of accessible, scalable, and affordable interventions,” noted Jessica L McCurley, from Massachusetts General Hospital, and Participants were 602 employees who regularly used the hospital’s cafeterias and were enrolled in a promotion study.
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