Healthy beverages in our workplace-What we can do to improve the health and wellbeing of staff.
Sugary drinks are a main source of sugar for New Zealand adults, and contribute to weight gain and health problems.
Sugar is present in many drinks…….
- energy drinks
- fruit juices and cordials
- soft (fizzy) drinks
- sports drinks
- flavoured milk
Encouraging staff to choose no and low-sugar drinks is an easy way to improve the health of our staff.
Water is the best choice.
Other options are:
- tea or coffee
- unflavoured milk
- diet or zero sugar drinks.
Did you know? If you drink a 600ml bottle of soft drink every day you will drink 480 teaspoons of sugar a month, which equals 2kg of sugar.
Did you know? You could save $60 a month if you switch your daily can of soft drink for tap water.
Did you know? A 350ml bottle of fruit juice contains as much sugar as 25 jelly beans.
Did you know? If you drink a 350ml bottle of energy drink every day, it is the same as eating an extra 45 slices of white bread every month.
How to make the change in your workplace?
- Identify key staff to be champions.
- Do a stock take of what drinks are supplied in the workplace.
- Establish a policy.
- Raise awareness with staff.
- Make the changes.
- Sustain the changes and celebrate success.
- Make water and glasses or cups more accessible to our staff.
- Reduce size and range of sugary drinks available in the workplace (cafeteria or vending machines). Replace them with sugar-free and low sugar drinks.
- Remove advertising of sugary drinks.
- Provide water and other sugar-free drinks at staff meetings and functions.