Workplace food and health initiatives are running in some areas. Here are some examples of workplace food and health initiatives:
Supporting NHS staff at BCUHB in North Wales
In support of ‘Wellbeing Wednesdays’ staff and visitors at the 3 main North Wales hospital sites were offered a meal for £1 every Wednesday during the initiative. Meals were selected from the All Wales Menu Framework that is used by NHS Wales’s caterers. To encourage staff to try plant-based meals many of the recipes focused on alternative sources of protein to meat e.g. beans, lentils and pulses. The initiative offered additional incentives to encourage staff to try preparing the recipes at home, including mini spice packs and a recipe book with nutritional information and analysis. Due to its popularity, the initiative has been re-run on several occasions since 2019 and continues to be a firm favourite with staff in 2021 with future opportunities to build on engaging staff in healthy eating activities and opportunities. This work forms an important part of the Welsh Government’s Healthy Weight: Healthy Wales theme ‘ healthy settings’ and ‘healthy NHS’.
Healthy Eating Standards for Hospital Restaurant and Retail Outlets
Cardiff and Vale UHB updated the Healthy Eating Standards for Hospital Restaurant and Retail outlets in November 2019 and are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the workforce as well as the local population. These standards apply to all UHB run restaurants and retail food outlets and we adopt the approach to make the healthy choice the easy choice. The standards are regularly audited against, and we are continuing to improve the availability, range, and affordability of healthy optioned offered. Cardiff and Vale have also been reaccredited with Gold standard for the Corporate Health Standards.
Staff occupational health – dietetic service
In Cardiff and Vale UHB there is a staff dietetic service that supports staff to change their dietary habits in relation to specific health conditions.