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Department of Veterans Affairs

You ARE what you eat!

2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese and the estimated cost of obesity is $147 billion per year. Poor diet and lack of activity are the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and gaining on smoking (number 1 killer). Clearly, our food environment is not conducive to health and costing a fortune.

The default food choices in most government agencies are direct contributors to poor diets.

Up to 75% of the days calories are consumed at work, consequently, the food offerings at work matter. For employees seeking a healthy diet, they must leave the premises of employment to seek healthier options; a direct result of lost of productivity. Additionally, chronic illness secondary to poor food choices are also contributors to lost productivity. Making healthy food the default (palatable, inexpensive, available) is an effective and economic strategy to improve productivity, and reduce costs associated with poor health.

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