Many people have a certain type of “unhealthy” food that tempts them, whether it is something sweet like chocolate, sugary like cake, or salty like chips. For me, it is chocolate. Anything chocolate entices me to break whatever diet I told myself I would keep, and I promise myself that I will start my diet after I eat that tempting sweet nearby. Given my experience, I am sure you have been there too, making it so difficult to maintain or become a healthy weight.
More than one-third of American adults are obese, defined as a body mass index of greater than or equal to 30.1 The two chief ways to combat obesity are diet and exercise. Although IQ Solutions already maintains treadmill desks that encourage employees to become more active throughout the work day, they cannot fully combat the many hours office workers spend sedentary. While at a desk job for at least 8 hours every day, it is difficult to incorporate a sufficient amount of exercise, and easy to snack throughout the day to preserve one’s energy. The issue is that too much snacking and not enough exercise can lead to weight gain, accompanied by an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain cancers.2
Proximity to unhealthy foods tempts people into eating them and makes it harder to say “no.” However, when those unhealthy foods are replaced by healthier options, creating easier access to healthy foods than unhealthy foods, people are more likely to choose the healthy options. Understanding this concept and acknowledging the public health problem of obesity, IQ Solutions’ wellness initiative added an open-door Avanti Market.
1 Ogden, C. L., Carroll, M. D., Kit, B. K., & Flegal, K. M. (2014) Prevalence of childhood and adult obesity in the United States, 2011–2012. Journal of the American Medical Association, 311(8), 806–814. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.732.
2 Sarafino, E. P., & Smith, T. W. (2014). Health Psychology: Biopsychosocial Interactions (8th ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons.