From left: Frances Molloy (Health@Work), Kurt Wilson (Fuel Station) and Damariz Orozco (Bosch), with the Fuel Station vending machine.From left: Frances Molloy (Health@Work), Kurt Wilson (Fuel Station) and Damariz Orozco (Bosch), with the Fuel Station vending machine.
A joint venture in healthy eating for firms in Liverpool has been launched by Health@Work and Fuel Station.
The aim is to provide healthy vending machines in businesses around the area, with the first being Bosch Service Solutions based at The Plaza in 100 Old Hall Street. Bosch has a 24/7 operation and so access to healthy, nutritional food is often a challenge to staff on late shifts.
Jackie Chapman, Bosch head of sales, said: “We have had the Workplace Wellbeing Charter since 2012 and we are a committed employer to supporting our staff to be healthy. Providing healthy vending is an exciting new idea that we are sure will be a hit with our 250 staff in Liverpool.”
It is estimated that the average person eats one in every six meals away from home. Adding snacks and ‘grab and go’ food, men consume about a quarter of their calorie intake eating out, and women around a fifth.
This means that the choices people make when eating out can potentially have a major impact on their health.
Health@Work, with more than 25 years’ supporting businesses to be healthy, is the national lead for the Workplace Wellbeing Charter. More than 600 Liverpool firms alone are accredited with the charter.
Chief executive Frances Molloy said: “We have nutritional specialists and workplace consultants who offer advice and guidance on food and nutrition, but it was a challenge for employees to access this in work. There is so much information about what is healthy and often what is promoted as a healthier option isn’t, as it can have hidden salts or sugars.
“The healthy vending initiative also allows people to take the food home and have it as an evening meal instead of going for an unhealthy takeaway which would cost more.”
Healthy eating firm Fuel Station was set up in 2012 by brothers Kurt and Jay Wilson and Kurt said; “We are really excited at the prospect of offering healthy food into businesses in Liverpool.
He added: “This can offer a genuine alternative to the sandwich run which is not always a healthy option.”