Don’t sacrifice your wealth to get health. You can have both.

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When you’re running a small business, health isn’t always the first thing on your mind. It’s probably not even second. You’re focused on growing your business in every way possible. But don’t forget about health completely.

Consider this quote from the Dalai Lama: “We sacrifice our health in order to make wealth, then we sacrifice our wealth in order to get back our health.”

You don’t need to swing the pendulum all the way back in the other direction. But here are some simple ways that you can make your office a healthier place. And as you do, you’ll find that employee wellness will translate into increase employee productivity.

Get rid of the candy bowl or soda stash. Studies show that office workers gain weight over time when there’s a candy bowl or soda machine in close proximity. According to Cornell University, the average American worker is putting on seven pounds a year eating candy and chocolate at work! Consider replacing your candy bowl with a basket of fresh fruit or packaged healthy snacks. And don’t forget to bring healthy snacks and beverages from home each day so you don’t have to resort to the office vending machine!

Make meetings healthier. Are you in charge of meetings? Consider offering bottled water instead of soda and ditching the doughnuts in favor of a healthier snack. If you are bringing in lunch, consider a salad or low-calorie option.

Ask employees for ideas. Most people these days are trying be healthier. If you’re a business owner, why not ask employees what they think the company should offer? Discounted gym memberships? Walking sessions? Help from a healthy eating expert? One company offers employees the opportunity to take 20-minute walking sessions each day.

Let’s keep your health, and wealth, looking good for years to come.

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