“Many employers are already providing high-calorie, low nutrition snacks like donuts for their employees. Substituting fresh fruit is a simple change that has real, measurable benefits.”
Richardson, TX (PRWEB) October 26, 2012
More than one-third of adult Americans are obese and employers are straining under the weight of burgeoning healthcare costs. “People want to lose weight and be healthy, but eating right at work can seem impossible,” Kevin Long says, standing between tables where well-stocked baskets of fruit wait to be loaded into vans. Long’s Dallas-based wellness company, Orchard At The Office, delivers fresh fruit to businesses that are taking an active role in encouraging employees to become healthier.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states simply, “Obesity results from the energy imbalance that occurs when a person consumes more calories than their body burns.” In the past 40 years, American workers’ jobs have become increasingly sedentary, but the caloric intake has remained the same, resulting in increased weight gains. Long points out, “Many employers are already providing high-calorie, low nutrition snacks like donuts for their employees. Substituting fresh fruit is a simple change that has real, measurable benefits.” Indeed, choosing a 70-calorie banana over a bagel in the morning meeting saves over 200 calories a day, resulting in a loss of 1-2 pounds a month for the average adult. Annually, those lost pounds translate to lower risk for heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
Each morning, Long and his team hand select locally acquired fruit for the signature fresh fruit baskets and boxes. Customers order a range of goods from artfully arranged baskets for break rooms to large boxes of fruit that can be shipped nationwide. In addition to stocking their own corporate kitchens, many companies share the wholesome deliveries with their customers in waiting areas as demand for healthy alternatives increases.
Since its inception in 2010, Long’s business has grown from a small family enterprise to a warehouse location with six employees. Growth has been steady, despite the sluggish economy and the sudden, unexpected death of co-founder, Dennis McCart, in March of this year. For Long, the loss of his business partner to heart disease only reaffirmed the importance of a healthy lifestyle and increased his dedication to corporate wellness.
With annual obesity-related healthcare costs borne by employers tipping the scales at $73.1 billion dollars, many employers are working towards a culture of wellness in the workplace. The American Journal of Preventive Medicine estimates that workplace wellness programs return savings of $3 to $6 for every $1 a company invests in operating them. Long says, “Healthy options in the workplace are a key component to weight loss and a healthier bottom line. We strive everyday to provide a means to make achieving a healthier workplace easier for everyone.”