ND Capitol Adopts New Healthy-Eating Program
Monday, June 20, 2016
BISMARCK, N.D. – Health experts in North Dakota this summer are bringing a heart healthy food program to the busy State Capitol.
The American Heart Association is working with the state Health Department on a pilot program to make healthy eating an easier choice.
Research shows most Americans want to eat healthier, but they often don't have a lot of options, especially at work.
State Health Officer Dr. Terry Dwelle says to help change that, new, fresh food and drink options will be available at the Capitol Cafe, where state legislators, state employees and visitors come to eat.
"Offering healthy foods to individuals in the worksite, I think hopefully will help influence their decisions for healthier living in general, regarding nutrition," he states.
Dwelle says if more employers offer more healthful food options in the workplace, employees may start making more health conscious choices at home as well. That, in turn, could end up saving companies millions of dollars in health related productivity losses.
As part of the healthy eating program, the cafe has added fresh fruit, salads and sugar free drinks to its menu.
Dwelle is hoping the new choices could eventually influence healthier state policies and personal decisions.
"Our legislative colleagues that are here, but also all of us that are employees here, it hopefully sends a message that this is an example that maybe you should consider in your own life," he states.
According to the American Heart Association, obesity costs U.S. businesses more than $12 billion a year in medical expenses.
Dwelle is convinced those costs could plummet if more workplaces adopted a similar healthy eating program.
get more stories like this via email
RALEIGH, N.C. -- More than $1 million in COVID-19 relief grants are helping rural organizations increase their focus on locally sourced food relief…
DES MOINES, Iowa -- This fall, the Iowa Utilities Board is hosting meetings to inform the public about a proposed underground pipeline, which would …
MANDAN, N.D. -- North Dakota has had nearly 18,000 job openings in recent months, with roughly 1,000 in construction. A labor leader in the trades …
Health and Wellness
DAYTON, Ohio -- An Ohio county is taking a trauma-informed approach to its work on preventing marijuana use in teens. As marijuana policy changes …
DENVER -- As Congress considers making significant investments in the nation's child-care system, children's advocates say now is the time to make …
MONTEREY BAY, Calif. - This week, conservation groups are celebrating Sea Otter Awareness Week with online and in-person events across the state…
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Admission to any state park in Nevada is free this coming Saturday, as part of the first Nevada Public Lands Week - with a series …
HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new Redistricting Advisory Council announced last week by Gov. Tom Wolf's office will focus on reducing gerrymandering as new …