Fruit at work study
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A brand new European study is taking place in Durham to determine whether the provision of free fruit in the workplace is a useful way to improve employee’s health and wellbeing.
The Fruit at Work study will involve 400 employees from Durham county hall and the fruit will be provided by J.R.Holland – a major supplier of fruit and vegetables in the region.
According to research, the two main reasons people do not eat enough fruit is cost and availability. By providing free fruit, these concerns will be addressed and it is hoped that employees will reach for fruit rather than unhealthy snacks.
Half of the employees will receive 2 pieces of fruit, while the other half will receive none; before swapping half way through the study. During that time, weight, blood pressure, waist line measurement, snack behaviour, overall productivity and staff morale will be monitored.
To find out more about eating 5 a day portions of fruit and vegetables, read our article.
I’m looking forward to seeing the results of this. After all; we are what we eat! What about you – Do you eat at least 2 pieces of fruit every day? Does it make a noticeable difference to your wellbeing?
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