Fresh Fruit Can Help Beat Disease in the Workplace

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Fresh fruit at work provides people with healthier alternatives to junk food and snacks while helping to reduce the risk of disease, especially in sedentary jobs. Market Fresh Fruit has released a new book on the advantages of offering healthier choices to employees.

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“The Business Advantage for Fruit at Work: How to Boost Engagement and Retention” by Tom O'Connor (Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 5.0 out of 5 stars, 2015, B00T8JL28I, $2.99)

Everyone is motivated to live a healthier lifestyle. Fruit at work is the opportunity to take that healthy step.

Do employers know that office fruit boosts engagement and retention by giving the brain the fuel it needs for top performance? Research shows fruits have a "halo" effect and help protect against sedentary lifestyle diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer according to Tom O’Connor, owner of Market Fresh Fruit in Seattle, Washington. No matter one's job description, the benefits are equal when choosing to eat fresh and delicious fruit at work.

“Everyone is motivated to live a healthier lifestyle. Fruit at work is the opportunity to take that healthy step,” said O’Connor, author of the new book, "The Business Advantage for Fruit at Work: How to Boost Engagement and Retention" (Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 5.0 out of 5 stars, 2015, B00T8JL28I, $2.99). “The trigger can be an office-wide email that fresh morning fruit is now available. Or it can be staging the office fruit under a bright light, which can increase fruit consumption by 28%. It can also be the act of placing fruit baskets on top of office credenzas and/or file cabinets for easy dispersal.”

O’Connor’s book explains that “a greater number of sick days, increased health insurance costs and the high cost of fast food and processed snacks are just a few of the symptoms organizations face when they don’t have effective wellness programs.”

Tips from the book include:

  • Why offering fresh fruit at work is beneficial - A healthy workforce means more productive employees, especially with the large number of sick days, higher insurance costs, and the increasing rise of fast food and snack items.
  • How to move in the right direction - Employers can encourage healthier eating habits for workers in simple, cost-effective methods.
  • What does it mean to adopt good nutrition? - The theory of healthier eating is explained along with statistics on the effects of fresh fruit on the body.
  • Is it possible start a fruit delivery program at the office? The author provides several tips on how to get started on offering healthier food choices to workers at an affordable cost.

"If you have an employee population with a high BMI or high level of bad cholesterol, rather than doing exercise programs, you may want to talk to your employees about nutrition, diet and how to shop for vegetables and fruit, as basic as that is,” states Bruce Elliott, manager of compensation and benefits at the Society of Human Resources Management in Virginia, in a recent article on Entrepreneur.com. Elliot points out that more employers are offering wellness programs as an incentive for their workers.

Market Fresh Fruit is a Seattle, WA based company that delivers premium quality, local fruit to the workplace. Since 2010, Market Fresh Fruit is Seattle's only taste-tested office fruit delivery service and is recommended by clients at Fisher Radio, Creative Circle Staffing, and Crane Aerospace. Market Fresh Fruit is owned by Tom O'Connor. Every week, their Fruit-at-Work program delivers just delicious fruit to over 8,000 Seattle area workers helping employers increase productivity and morale, while lowering employee benefit costs by offering workers a healthy snack over candy or empty white carbs like muffins or bagels.

For more information on Market Fresh Fruit and for a free fruit tasting, please contact Tom O'Connor at 206-304-2464. Also visit the website at marketfreshfruit.com for more information.

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