Commitment to better health results in healthier employees, lower insurance premiums
Albuquerque, NM – Recently, the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) recognized the City of Albuquerque as a public sector role model for the various innovative nutritional campaigns it has launched. The campaigns have been aimed to improve nutrition and health of its employees and their families through the increased consumption of fruits and vegetables. This is the fourth consecutive year the City of Albuquerque has been recognized by PBH. The PBH is a national non- profit education foundation serving as a leader in fruit and vegetable education and marketing field.
The City of Albuquerque has a myriad of campaigns geared towards educating employees about healthier lifestyle choices including initiatives centered on increasing physical activity and quitting smoking. The PBH award specifically acknowledged the following city campaigns: Good Measures, Blood Pressure Learning Academy, and promoting the national “More Matters” month (September) reminding everyone about the benefits of better nutrition.
Better Nutrition is one of the cornerstones of the City’s Five (5) Year Strategic Plan that was championed by Mayor Richard Berry in 2013. The Plan was developed to increase engagement and education on the importance of establishing a culture of health in the workplace and home. Overarching goals of the plan are to increase physical activity, promote better nutrition, and smoking cessation.
“Creating a healthy workforce isn’t just a good thing to do, it’s the right thing to do,” said Mayor Berry. “By educating our 6,000 employees on how to be healthier, we have increased their productivity resulting in lower health care costs since 2012, thus creating a cost savings for the taxpayers.”
While the national average shows a five to six percent increase in medical insurance premiums, the City of Albuquerque has remained flat for the past three years in a row. This achievement is almost unheard of in organizations of this size.
For more information and tips about filling half your plate with fruits and veggies, visit FruitsAndVeggiesMoreMatters.org