The 4 STAR Impact
- Healthier Employees. Diets high in fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, whole grains and low in sodium, transfats, saturated fats and added sugars reduces chronic disease risk.
- Reduced Costs. Healthier employees incur less health expenditures and resources due to diet-related illness and disease.
- Improved Organizational Performance. A healthy workplace motivates health workers, reduces absenteeism, increases employee productivity and efficiency thereby improving organizational performance, workforce retention and public image.
The 4 STAR Food Environment Program
The 4 STAR Food Environment Program is premised on the following key components to generate employee buy-in , engagement and 4 STAR success.
✯ Staff-Led policies are the first criteria for success. Forming a small committee to plan, lead and implement your 4 STAR food environment will generate commitment and buy-in.
✯ Targeted, realistic improvements over time to ensure that healthier food is in your workplace for good.
✯ Accessibility of healthy foods and beverages options is improved, including fresh fruits and vegetables and reducing reliance on processed foods.
✯ Reinforcement through promotional activities, communications and training to help the people in your workplace support and embrace the changes and take advantage of your 4 STAR Food environment.
How can we get started?
- Find out how you’re doing now! Quickly gage your workplace food environment by taking our 10-question quiz.
- Get specifics. Look at our list of recommended actions and implementation timelines.
- Get resources. Check out our Tool Kit for employee communications, vendor advisories and other templates.
- Join the 4 STAR Food movement. Get your organization to sign our call to buy and sell healthy food.
About the HSF/CIHR Chair in Hypertension Prevention and Control
Dr. Norm Campbell is the Chair in Hypertension Prevention and Control from July 2011-July 2016. The Chair’s mission is to align government and non-governmental organizations in appropriate action to prevent and control high blood pressure. The Chair’s objectives are to:
- Improve the awareness, prevention and control of hypertension;
- Identify gaps in Knowledge Transfer and Exchange / Knowledge Translation from evidence to practice for hypertension prevention and control; and
- Develop and evaluate new policies, programs and interventions aimed at reducing the burden and/or impact of hypertension.