Published in the BMC Public Health journal, this systematic review looks at the impact of workplace nutrition and physical activity interventions on employees’ productivity, work performance and workability. It covers interventions around the workplace’s physical environment (e.g. availability of healthy foods in vending-machines) and organisational structure (e.g. policies). The authors find that it is possible to positively influence work-related outcomes, especially absenteeism, through both types of health promotion efforts. Studies also indicate that a combination of changes to the physical environment and organisational structure can also promote positive behaviour change among workers. Conclusions from this study call for further investigation into long-term impacts of these interventions.
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