Magazine article Workforce

Picking New Health Habits

Magazine article Workforce

Picking New Health Habits

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You might think that the 1,500 employees of D'Arrigo Bros.--a Salinas, California, grower and distributor of fresh produce-would need no encouragement to eat their veggies. After all, they're surrounded by broccoli, cauliflower, and other fresh fruits and vegetables all day long. But when the company discovered that many of the field workers weren't practicing what they picked, the management launched a health fair, education campaign, and rewards program.

"A lot of our employees have been with us 15 or 20 years, so we feel it is our duty to help them take care of themselves," says Margaret D'Arrigo, executive vice-president of the family-owned company. "If we educate them on eating healthier meals, reducing fat and sugar, and regularly exercising they can reduce their risk of developing cancer, diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes. They can lower their cholesterol and blood pressure. And over time, their healthcare costs will be reduced."

D'Arrigo Bros. kicked off the program with a free health fair-attended by more than 2,500 employees and members of their families-with music, dancing, aerobics classes, cooking demos, and healthy snacks. …

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