Janice Milliman, Support Line Coach, Service Delivery
Halloween can be a scary time around the office. Everywhere you turn there are irresistible treats and candy tempting you! At Alere Wellbeing we make an effort to provide a healthy worksite environment, but even the best efforts can be thwarted by those coworkers who insist on sharing their favorite Halloween treats (you know who you are!). In an effort to eat healthier and reduce my refined sugar intake I try hard to resist Halloween candy, or at least consume it in moderation. I dont endorse an office ban on Halloween goodies, but we all need reminders about healthy eating.
Every year I take pride in coming up with candy alternatives for the trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood, which my kids remind me isnt the cool thing to do. Cool people pass out chocolate. A generation ago parents were concerned about razor blades in apples that kids received while trick-or-treating. Today, childhood obesity is an even bigger concern, and according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about 17 percent of American youth age 2 to 19 are obese, which is nearly three times that of 1980. And we know the concern isnt just for the kids: more than a third of American adults are currently obese.
Its time we reconsider the ways we encourage adults and kids to celebrate Halloween. While you may not be able to entirely control the food environment at your worksite, you can make it little easier by suggesting or offering healthy alternatives to your employees - and by reminding them the holiday isn't only about eating excess sugar. In lieu of candy, encourage your employees to bring in:
- Halloween-themed office supplies (sticky notes, paperclips, pens)
- Nuts and dried fruit
- Chocolate covered edamame (soybeans)
- Mini Babybel cheese
At home, we havent decided what to pass out this Halloween. If my kids keep razzing me, though, Ill resort to even cooler goodies like toothbrushes, packs of mini carrots or bottles of water. Or maybe Ill pass those out at the office. How would your staff react to a suggestion for healthy alternatives to candy this Halloween?
Download Promote a Healthy Holiday Challenge for more worksite tips on healthy holiday festivities.
Janice, a Quit For Life® Program Quit Coach, feels that helping people succeed and overcome feelings of shame are some of the highlights working at Alere Wellbeing. Read more of Janice Milliman's blog posts.
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