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Following recent reports which claim that middle-aged millennials are set to be the most overweight generation since records began, we are trialling a new healthy eating initiative to coincide with the start of Nutrition and Hydration Week (12 – 18 March). Under the new scheme, our staff will be able to choose from a range of delicious and nutritious snacks, which will be provided free of charge. The options will include nutritionally balanced items such as dried and fresh fruits, high-fibre wholefood cereal bars, biltong, wholegrain popcorn, nuts, seeds and olives. Nathan, Community Liaison Manager at Bluebird Care Gravesham & Dartford said:
"The health and wellbeing of our staff is of great importance to us. With so much media attention being paid to the health risks of being overweight or obese, we felt it was our duty as an employer to provide our staff with the opportunity to snack healthily at work. Snacking is an effective way to fit in extra nutrients, prevent overeating at mealtimes and maintain energy levels throughout the day, but we're often faced with unhealthy choices, particularly foods that are high in sugar or saturated fats. By providing nutritionally-balanced snacks to all our staff, we can help them to make better choices about what they eat, as part of our commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle.
As our Care Assistants are also responsible for monitoring the nutrition and hydration of our customers, it's important that they have a keen understanding of the foodstuffs that should be included as part of a healthy diet."