Supporting Corporate Wellness
The Right Choice… For a Healthier You program developed by USConnect identifies healthier choices to support employee health and wellness. The Right Choice program encourages employees to choose vending and cafeteria selections that meet the research-based nutritional recommendations of major health organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Diabetes Association. The Right Choice program has established guidelines for beverages, snacks, and entrees, and consumers can find these selections by looking for the Right Choice logo.
USConnect members not only have access to the database of Right Choice selections, but also to training for their staff and sales team on how to support corporate wellness efforts. Clients also have direct access to USConnect’s staff dietician, Carmen Gorniak, and can email her directly to ask questions about the Right Choice program: what breakfast options are lowest in cholesterol? Are any gluten-free snacks available through this vending machine? This service allows USConnect to listen to and meet employees’ needs. Carmen also publishes a monthly newsletter with healthy suggestions and resources for employees.
The Right Choice program can also help members identify new products. For example, breakfast bars are a newer offering that are a good source of both fiber and carbohydrates, and they can fill a variety of needs. Some employees are looking for breakfast on the go, while others are looking for sports nutrition to fuel up before or after a workout. Others are just looking for a snack that tastes good, but has less sugar, and these products can fill all three of these needs. The Right Choice program can help develop the right product for your own commissary or find a comparable product for vending.
Whether the Right Choice program serves as a complement to an existing wellness program, or is the beginning of an employer’s efforts to promote healthier choices, the program can be tailored to the employees. Whether that means lower sodium and lower fat choices, or introducing new beverage selections that have less sugar, the program offers a variety of approaches to meet the needs of clients and their employees.