Survey: Healthy Snacks Hard to Find in Workplace

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Keeping waistlines trim has always proven to be a difficult task for many, but it’s even more challenging for those in the workplace.<br clear="none" /> <br clear="none" /> Sixty-three percent of American employees reported to Peapod, an Internet grocer, that they struggle to maintain a healthy diet at work. Almost half of respondents (47 percent) attributed the dieting challenge to the abundance of less-than-wholesome snack options available at their office. The findings are from a Peapod Biz Bites Survey released earlier this week, which was sponsored by Peapod Business Delivery.<br clear="none" /> <br clear="none" /> "One of the best ways to support healthy lifestyles in the workplace is also one of the easiest," said Cathy Leman, a Chicago-area registered dietitian and certified personal trainer, in a statement. "When you control the environment that you spend 8 plus hours per day in, you automatically set yourself up for success. That means stocking the break room with healthy, accessible snack foods. Offer a variety of choices like fresh and dried fruit, yogurt, whole grain crackers, nuts, raw veggies with low-fat dip, hummus and baked pita chips, and oatmeal raisin cookies.”<br clear="none" /> <br clear="none" /> Only 36 percent of respondents said their companies offer produce, though the staffers rated this as their top snack choice. Candy ranked as the least favorite. Less than a third (28 percent) of employees claimed satisfaction with their current workplace snack options.<br clear="none" /> <br clear="none" /> <a href="http://www.progressivegrocer.com" target="_blank">&#x2014;Nielsen Business Media</a>