MK businesses to profit from free healthy eating award

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Milton Keynes Council has invested in a new FREE healthy eating scheme called Eat Out Eat Well, which rewards businesses that encourage employees to make healthy choices when eating at work.

This free scheme recognises provision of healthy food and drinks and encourages the promotion of these healthy options.

There is a growing body of evidence to show the financial benefits achieved by organisations that implement employee well-being initiatives, including reduced sickness absence, improved productivity and reduced staff turnover. According to the Office of National Statistics 131 million days were lost due to sickness absences in the UK in 2013. Therefore, encouraging healthy eating alternatives for your workforce can be one way to significantly improve the health and wellbeing outcomes via the staff canteen/restaurant facilities.

Volkswagen Financial Services, in Tongwell have been awarded the Silver award and Chief Human Resources Officer, Julie Stayte said: “We are delighted to have won the Silver award from Eat Out Eat Well and will continue to improve our healthy food choices. The award is a great way to promote healthy eating in the workplace, and has given us the opportunity to build on our offering.”

Milton Keynes Council Public Health Consultant, Sue Frossell sees the benefit of the award to the wider MK workforce, “This award offers clear support to employers in MK to promote healthy eating options. Alongside other workplace health initiatives, this has the potential to improve the health, wellbeing and productivity of people working in MK”.

If your business would like to register for FREE healthy catering advice towards achieving an EOEW award, contact the Public Health team via email natalie.coghlan@milton-keynes.gov.uk or telephone on 01908 253135.