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What work place policy change would you support to improve health?

51% of those responding to MBGH's informal Facebook poll on what work place policy change they would support to improve health voted for "no tobacco use on property". This is exciting news as decreasing the number of tobacco users is a high priority to improve the overall health of Tennesseans and the nation!

Recent legislation that banned or restricted smoking in the work place has gone a long way in improving the health of your workforce by eliminating second hand smoke and encouraging many smokers to quit! But the law allows employees to smoke in designated areas outside, making it easy for smokers to still smoke on work breaks or lunch.

Employers can kick it up a notch and ban tobacco use any where on their property or campus. First Horizon, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Methodist Healthcare and St. Francis are examples of employers that have done just that -- banned tobacco use any where on their campus.Check out MBGH's Tobacco Cessation Benefits Tools & Solutions Center for tips and resources on how to take this important step.

35% of respondents indicated they would support increasing healthy options in vending machines. Creating an environment that makes healthy eating easier is a key strategy for employers. Other ways employers can make the healthy choice the easy choice is to serve healthy meals at meetings and events, always offer water as a beverage, eliminate sugary drink options, and serve smaller portions for dessert.

MBGH has tools & solutions to help employers create a healthy environment for their employees, so let us know how we can help!

Posted by Cristie Travis at 10:40 PM

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