With more than half of all Victorians in full time or part time employment, workplaces that support healthy eating can significantly contribute to the improved health and wellbeing of their workforce.

Many workers consume at least half of their meals and snacks during work hours, so the workplace is an ideal environmental to influence healthy eating. Set a new trend and look after your staff by offering them fabulous fresh and healthy foods.

When ordering catering, healthy choices should be included as the main choices, and promoted and encouraged where possible.

Offering healthier food and drink options at work can be as simple as ensuring foods from core food groups are available – these wraps and rustic style sandwiches offer a variety of fresh, healthy fillings such as vegetables, lean meats and reduced-fat cheese.

Determining quantities to order for catering can be difficult due to the wide variety available for things like bread, which can range from standard sandwich slices to extra thick 'café style' fruit toast. Look for items that come in smaller sizes – such as mini rolls or mini bagels, and always ask your catering to cut bigger sandwiches in half. These smaller serves are also easier to pick up and handle in a meeting.

Sushi provides an alternative to sandwiches and can be filled with crunchy vegetables, lean meats and seafood.

A fruit platter is a colourful way to provide a variety of fruits in an easy-to-eat way. In the staffroom, a fruit box full f seasonal fruit is a great replacement for biscuits. Try looking online for one of the many fruit box companies that will deliver direct to your workplace.

And remember, always provide water as the main drink at meetings and in your workplace.

If your workplace is looking to provider healthier food and drink options the Healthy eating policy and catering guide for workplaces is for organisations that want to provide healthier food and drink options to all employees and visitors and can be found on www.health.vic.gov.au.

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