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How you can support your people to eat well

How you work and lead

A workplace's culture around food can have a big impact on what and how a person eats and drinks during their work day - and even away from work.

This is the area businesses can have the most impact in guiding their people towards a healthy food culture.

Work spaces and facilities

Think about how your workplace environment could make it easier for people to eat well at work.

  • If you have vending machines or snack boxes on site, consider removing them or stock them with healthy options.

  • Provide attractive, comfortable and well-resourced facilities for staff to store, prepare and eat food.

  • Have water coolers, chilled water bottles or containers available to give people easy access to 100% water.

  • Subscribe to healthy food magazines for staff to read during breaks.

  • Provide areas for breastfeeding mothers to feed or pump and store breastmilk.

  • Got some spare grass? Allow staff to grow vegetables and fruit.

  • Put up posters and information promoting healthy food choices and nutritional information in staff break and work areas.

  • Put up posters advertising upcoming awareness campaigns that support eating healthily.

Supporting individuals

Businesses can also take action to help their people make positive changes to their own food choices.

  • Establish a regular healthy shared lunch so people can swap healthy food and healthy food ideas – get some ideas at

  • Work with staff to start a healthy breakfast club.

  • Include healthy recipes in staff communications and encourage staff to share them.

  • Hold regular learning lunches for staff, including topics such as food safety, how to read food labels, cooking for kids, understanding the new Health Star Rating for packaged food.

  • Promote eating well by putting up posters and putting out pamphlets in break rooms that educate and inspire workers to eat healthily.

  • Download/order in hardcopy and distribute the Ministry of Health's Eat Healthy Food and Move More Every Day brochure.

  • Hold a competition for the healthiest, tastiest recipe from staff, then compile a recipe book from the contributions.

  • Offer cooking classes to teach staff healthy recipes – comes with a side dish of team building!

  • Encourage participation in local and national healthy eating initiatives, such as 5+ a Day.

Who can support you to help your people eat well

Below are some organisations to help you help your people to learn how to eat well.

WorkWell is a free, workplace wellbeing initiative that supports workplaces to ‘work better through wellbeing’. Developed by Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service, WorkWell can be adapted to any workplace and is available in various regions across New Zealand.

The Workplace Health and Wellbeing team at the Auckland Regional Public Health Service are able to give technical advice and guidance on health and wellbeing in the workplace. The team can support workplaces with best practice advice, tools and free programmes in the Auckland region.


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