Plymouth County gatherings must include ‘healthy foods’

Posted October 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

Plymouth County Courthouse gatherings will no longer included feasts like Thanksgiving dinners and tables of delicious desserts.

In conjunction with the county’s Wellness Initiative plan to be a healthy county, Supervisors passed a “Healthy Food Policy” at their Aug. 27 meeting.

“The foods that we choose to eat are one of the major determinants of our health and well-being,” the policy begins. “Chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer are major causes of mortality and morbidity in this country. In addition, they result in many lost workdays and decreased work productivity.”

“Healthy diets, defined as those that are high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low fat, salt and sugar, help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases,” it continues. “The workplace is an ideal environment to promote healthy lifestyles and behaviors in the workplace in order to improve workforce performance.”

“In addition, it ensures the availability of healthy eating options for those who are on restricted diets such as those with diabetes or hypertension, and supports those wishing to improve their nutrition habits.”

“The policy focuses on offering, at a minimum, fresh fruits and vegetables, water, 100 percent juice and low calorie and fat options at all meetings and functions within the workplace…Plymouth County is committed to ensuring a healthy environment for its employees and will ensure the following:

• Caterers used for functions must be able to provide a variety of healthy food choices;

• Healthy food choices will be available at all functions held on the premises;

• Fresh fruit will be available at any function;

• When half-and-half or whole milk is served, 1 percent or skim milk will also be provided;

• Healthy food choices will be promoted in the workplace; and

• Healthy food choices will be displayed more prominently than other foods.

The vote was 4-0 with Jack Guenthner absent.

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