Executives and managers who practice a healthy lifestyle lead their companies toward a healthier workforce, and a healthier workforce is good for business, experts say. "When I work with different companies, one of the first things I stress is to have management buy-in," said Trisha Dohn, director of health and wellness at the health insurer Dakotacare.
Nevada dietitian Andy Bellatti, on behalf of Dietitians for Professional Integrity, has started a petition drive asking the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to end financial ties with food manufacturers that market fast food or junk food. The academy responded that its dietitians focus on evidence-based science and that overall members approve of the corporate-sponsorship program.
Parents can make grocery shopping a positive experience for children while teaching them to make healthy food choices, registered dietitian Keri Glassman writes. She notes that trips to the grocery store could involve a quiz about various fruits and vegetables or a scavenger hunt in the produce aisle.
The Affordable Care Act has 93% of human resources workers concerned about rising health care costs, according to a survey from the Society for Human Resource Management. Companies are more frequently offering development and training opportunities as the economy improves, the survey found.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg aims to expand a successful test of recycling and composting food scraps, and the city will seek proposals in the next year to build a plant to turn food waste into biogas. The Bloomberg administration also plans to introduce legislation that would require restaurants and other food-service businesses that contract with private trash carters to recycle their food waste.