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Taking Care of Business: Failure to Lunch

September 8, 2008
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I think we have all skipped a meal or two when we’ve been busy, especially lunch. Or maybe we substituted snacks for “normal” food. If you’ve seen my girth, you know I have been guilty of doing that. I can kid about it but a poor diet can become a real problem, especially for business owners.

The high cost of medical insurance should be enough to scare employers into action. Poor diets lead to obesity and other medical conditions that cause employees to spend too much time at the doctor’s office or even worse, in the hospital. Let’s not forget that lost time can wreak havoc on a work schedule, too.

I put the thought of a poor diet out recently and got a few responses, most in favor of trumpeting the dangers of a poor diet.

One person said it was best to lead by example, “The best way to influence someone to change is not by words but by me modeling the behavior I want repeated.”

Another person said, “I’m constantly talking with my guys about proper diet (because they eat very unhealthy). Did you know that a 12-ounce can of Coke has 10 teaspoons of sugar? I teach my guys to read labels. Make it a point to never consume anything with HFCS (high fructose corn syrup).”

But one respondent played the devil’s advocate, stating, “I think that workplace safety is extremely important, but what guys eat or drink is extremely NONE OF MY BUSINESS.”

Note the ALL CAPS - I hope he has a good insurance policy.
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Re: Taking Care of Business: Failure to Lunch

Audrae Erickson
September 10, 2008
High fructose corn syrup, sugar, and several fruit juices all contain the same simple sugars. New research continues to confirm that high fructose corn syrup is no different from other sweeteners. It has the same number of calories as sugar and is handled similarly by the body. The American Medical Association in June 2008 helped put to rest misunderstandings about this sweetener and obesity, stating that "high fructose corn syrup does not appear to contribute to obesity more than other caloric sweeteners." In 1983, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration formally listed HFCS as safe for use in food and reaffirmed that decision in 1996. Consumers can see the latest research and learn more about high fructose corn syrup at www.HFCSfacts.com and www.SweetSurprise.com. Audrae Erickson President Corn Refiners Association

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