This summer Lancaster General Health Wellness Dietitian Jacqui Zimmerman was a “food tour guide” who took participants for a healthy spin at the local Giant grocery store, as well as organizing the first event for “junior chefs” in Lebanon.

 

LG Health Dietitian fascinates younger boys with the making and sampling of hummus.

“The average American worker spends at least half of his or her waking hours at work, so having a healthy food environment in the workplace is important to keep employees healthy, energetic, and focused,” says Jacqui Zimmerman, who offers local business leaders from the Lancaster County Well Workplace Group a tour of a Giant grocery store to educate and share ideas on providing healthy food options for the workplace.

Zimmerman reminds participants how important it is to encourage fruit and vegetable consumption. She encourages workplace wellness champions to provide opportunities for employees to eat and sample vegetables. Healthy dips like hummus or guacamole with vegetables are a nourishing snack for afternoon meetings or the office kitchen. For breakfast meetings, employers with food stations can offer a protein with a vegetable, like a vegetable and egg frittata or breakfast burrito instead of sweets and pastries. Featuring unique vegetables at workplace events opens doors for employees to try new things.

The Lancaster County Well Workplace Group, founded by Lancaster General Health in 2010, provides opportunities for business leaders to network and share best practices in workplace wellness programs. 

Also this summer, families and kids were on-hand to try new dishes in the kitchen at LG Health’s Lebanon Center. Getting kids involved in the kitchen makes them more likely to choose healthy foods. With this in mind, LG Health created a special Saturday seminar for “junior chefs” in Lebanon.

Children, ages 4-12, descended on the center’s demonstration kitchen to create healthy meals and tasty morsels as parents watched and served as chief samplers. LG Health Dieticians shared nutritional tips while the Community Health and Wellness team, along with Lebanon staff, guided food preparation demonstrations. Spirits were high as kids wowed parents with their appetizing creations, including fruit pizza, hummus and homemade salad dressing.

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