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Healthy Meetings
The average person spends at least eight hours of their day at work, five days a week and much of that time is spent sitting in meetings. Weekends are generally filled with more seminars, events and meetings or workshops where people sit for hours.  It makes not only good health sense but also good business sense to serve nutritious food and drink wherever and whenever people gather together.

What we eat and drink at meetings and other functions has a direct effect on how well we feel and how healthy we are. The right food gives us energy so we can work better, be more productive and actually enjoy our lives more.

How do I serve only healthy foods to my staff?
Healthy eating does not mean that everything you serve has to be low-fat, low-salt, low-sugar and high fibre. At meetings and events you can still offer treats every now and then, just make sure that you offer more choices that are healthy and fewer choices that are not.

How often should I serve food at meetings?
You may not need to order food and drinks for every meeting you hold. Consider offering food only at longer meetings or at meetings held during what would normally be a meal-time. Examples include:
  • Between 7:30 and 9:00am
  • Between 11:30 and 1:00pm
  • After 4:30 or 5:00pm
For other meetings try serving drinks although water should be available at all meetings.

If I serve food at a meeting what should I serve?
If you decide to serve food at your work meetings try serving foods from different food groups.

Vegetables and Fruit:
Vegetables and Fruit are packed with good nutrition and are an extremely tempting choice. Serve washed and ready to eat options with a low fat dip or yogurt. Some options to include this food group could be to:
  • Provide 100% fruit or vegetable juices as well as water.
  • Supply dried fruit, vegetable bars, or fruit cups for snacks.
  • Order vegetable soup or salad for lunch or as the start to a hot meal.
  • Serve fruit or salad kabobs, great snacks and good for topping on cereal in the morning.
  • Add raw or grilled or roasted vegetables to salads, sandwiches pastas and soups.
Low Fat milk and Alternatives:
Milk and alternatives are a good source of protein; they also provide a number of nutrients that are essential for strong bones and teeth. Choose to serve:
  • 2% or less milk with tea and coffee.
  • 2% or less milk as a drink.
  • Low fat yogurt cups or low fat cheese chunks or slices for snacks.
High Protein Foods:
High protein foods can help boost energy levels and keep us more alert for longer. To increase proteins without increasing fat try:
  • Serving tuna, salmon, lean chicken, turkey, ham, beef or other lean meat
  • Offer bean soup or chili at lunch or a bean dip or humus for snacks with chopped vegetables or wholegrain crackers.
  • Provide individual cups of trail mix made with nuts, fruits and cereals.

Some carbohydrates such as white breads, rice and pastas, cookies and cakes can make us feel tired and unable to concentrate. Other carbohydrates such as vegetables fruit and whole grains do just the opposite they provide our bodies with the long lasting fuel we need to function properly throughout the day. Try serving carbohydrates like:
  • Wholegrain cereals, breads, and bagels for breakfast.
  • Brown rice and wholegrain pastas for hot meals or cold salads.
  • Wholegrain bread or wraps for sandwiches.
  • Wholegrain bars, muffins and crackers for snacks.

For more information on how to provide healthy food options for your staff please visit Stay Active Eat Healthy Website.

Did you know…? Drinks such as pop, slushies, fruit flavoured drinks; iced tea and lemonade contain a lot of added sugar. Try providing pitchers of water, 100% fruit or vegetables drinks and milk.

Contact Us
What to learn more about PoCoMotion?
Healthy Resource Centre
c/o Hyde Creek Recreation Centre
1379 Laurier Avenue
Port Coquitlam, BC V3B 2B9
Phone: (604) 927-7983
Email: info@pocomotion.ca