Why is Nutrition so important?
Nutrition: the process by which living creatures obtain energy from food and drink, for the purpose of body growth, maintenance and health. Nutrition is vital for our body to function properly, as natural food and water provides us with the building blocks of life. A nutritionally balanced diet should provide enough nutrients, such as proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals to support all of the body’s systems, helping to promote health and prevent illness. However, whilst a balanced diet supports optimal health, until recently, the extent of its role in preventing disease and chronic illness was less understood. Poor nutritional intake is believed to be a significant factor in many of today’s illnesses. Furthermore, many of us do not obtain the level of nutrients needed for optimal health. This is often the result of our modern lifestyles, poor food choices, low nutrient-value convenience foods and the industrialisation of agriculture techniques
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The affect of diet and nutrition on both the physical and mental capacity of an individual is now well established. This directly relates to the work environment, where employees health is key in attaining maximum productivity. Evidence shows that, the workplace has a powerful effect of the employee and when organisations improve their working environments – by promoting health – all adverse health-related outcomes, including absence and injuries, decrease1.
This is reflected in the Government’s Health, Work and Well-being strategy that encourages the health and wellbeing of working age people2. Furthermore, it suggests that the workplace is a setting that should support healthy food choices for staff and visitors3. The Chief Medical Officer also states, “Provision of healthier foods can contribute to better attainment, less disruptive behaviour [and] higher productivity”3. In the longer term it can contribute to a reduction in sick pay and treatment costs. This makes a strong business case for creating a healthy workplace, something that Vacherin takes very seriously.
 Faculty of Public Health. (2006). Creating a healthy workplace. [online] Available from: http://www.fph.org.uk/uploads/l_healthy_workplaces.pdf [Accessed 07 July 2012].
 Department of Health (2005) Health, work and well-being – Caring for our future. A strategy for the health and well-being of working age people. [online] Available from: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/health-and-wellbeing.pdf [Accessed 07 July 2012].
 Chief Medical Officer (2004) On the State of Public Health: Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health 2003. London: DH.