Parsippany, N.J., April 15, 2010 – There is a significant health impact from an individual’s decision to make small dietary changes, which is good news for employers.
In a white paper by DSM Personalized Nutrition The Significant Impact of Small Dietary Changes on Health, DSM (Euronext: DSM) scientists cite historical and recent research on how changes in diet affect individual health — whether preventing the development of disease or its progression.
Employer concern over rising health care costs and productivity impacts of poor health has made employee wellness one of the growth areas of the economy. Companies are in an ideal position to help employees by offering simple, yet effective strategies to make diet and lifestyle changes.
“Employers who promote simple substitutions and small changes in diet and activity can help employees lower their risk for disease and improve their overall well-being,” said Michael Tarino, president of DSM Personalized Nutrition, which offers employee wellness programs with a foundation in personalized nutrition advice. “This results in improved everyday performance, which positively affects the workplace.”
For instance, instead of a vending machine, employers can offer such probiotic snacks as yogurt to help employees improve their immune system. Employers’ health information can cite research showing that eating 100 fewer calories per day — i.e. forgoing 10 ounces of soda or a small bag of chips — can result in the loss of up to 10 pounds in a year.
Companies that offer nutritionally based wellness programs can chose programs that are employee-directed and incorporate proven behavior modification strategies, added Tarino, which is demonstrably more effective than a one-size-fits-all approach.
To download the white paper, go to http://www.dsm.com/le/en_US/pnut/html/campaign_smalldietarychanges.htm?WT.mc_id=webmc_pnut_pressrel_01.
About DSM Personalized Nutrition
DSM Personalized Nutrition is a U.S. based subsidiary of DSM (Euronext:DSM), a global leader in nutrition. Its GPNS™, Global Personal Nutrition System™, is an employee wellness program marketed to employers that mirrors a car’s global positioning system. GPNS is designed specifically to help employees achieve personal health goals by implementing small, yet meaningful dietary adjustments and complementary behavior changes; www.DSMPersonalizedNutrition.com
DSM — the Life Sciences and Materials Sciences Company
Royal DSM N.V., www.dsm.com, creates solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance. Its end markets include human and animal nutrition and health, personal care, pharmaceuticals, automotive, coatings and paint, electrical and electronics, life protection and housing. DSM manages its business with a focus on the triple bottom line of economic prosperity, environmental quality and social equity, which it pursues simultaneously and in parallel. DSM has annual net sales of about 8 billion and employs some 22,700 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands, with locations on five continents. DSM is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.
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