Fewer Obese Millennials at Healthy Workplaces
A new study at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health suggests there's a link between a healthy workplace and fewer obese millennials.
Researchers collected data on 1,538 people who answered surveys while in middle or high school during 1998 and 1999. Ten years later, the participants answered more questions. Among the factors the participants reported on were their typical diets, weekly exercise routines, and specifics about their workplaces and their locations.
The participants reported that soda and sweet snacks were available at most of their jobs. About half said eating a healthy diet and being physically active was easy at work. Less than half reported working within a 30-minute walk from home, but about half worked within a 10-minute walk to fitness facilities. More than half worked within a 10-minute walk of a fast food restaurant. Overall, about 19 percent of participants were obese, but those who reported working in spaces with three or more healthy factors were less likely to be obese than those working at jobs with fewer healthy factors.
The study suggests the importance of environment on healthy eating and activity, especially in the workplace. The researchers encouraged employers to stock healthy snacks and sugar-free drinks in office kitchens and breakrooms.
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