Wellness Programs: Green and Health Go Great Together
Posted Aug 25 2008 3:24pm
I work with many companies that care about being great places to work and are motivated by a sense of responsibility to their employees, their community and their environment. They implement wellness programs that encourage employees to adopt healthier habits promote lifestyle changes like more walking, biking and adding more fruits and vegetables to their diet. These simple steps are both green and healthy. Companies that provide showers so employees can bike to work, or subsidize public transportation requiring which results in more walking and encourage fruit and vegetable consumption are improving the health of their employees as well as the health of the planet.
New York Times writer, Tara Parker Pope recently pointed to a study that showed that vouchers that permit low income women to shop at local farmers markets, result in an increased fruit and vegetable consumption. According to Local Harvest , most produce in the US is picked 4 to 7 days before being placed on supermarket shelves, and is shipped for an average of 1500 miles before being sold. And this is when taking into account only US grown products! Those distances are substantially longer when we take into consideration produce imported from Mexico, Asia, Canada, South America, and other places.