Focus on nutrition at work a real challenge

Sinclair Broadcast Group

March is National Nutrition Month. While eating healthy at home is something more people are doing, focusing on wellness at work can be more challenging.

Correspondent Alyson Courtney looked into a new study that suggests companies need to do more to offer healthy food options for employees.

A new CDC study shows nearly a quarter of employed adults get foods and drinks at work at least once a week, and most items are high in calories, added sugars and sodium.

The CDC says most foods eaten at work do not align well with the dietary guidelines for Americans, leading to more obese workers.

At the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Hospital, dietitians have led an effort to offer healthier options to employees.

Dietitian Tonya Johnson says offering less fried foods and more plant-based meals is not only reducing absenteeism but also healthcare costs.

While not all companies offer a full-service cafeteria, every business can make healthy eating easier. She says new technology is making healthy options more readily accessible to companies.