Tag: dietary needs

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50 Shades of Vegetarianism

Before you can meet the dietary needs of those who prefer or require plant-based diets, you need to know all the different forms those who consider themselves to be “vegetarians” can take. “Do you have a vegetarian option?” These words once struck fear into the hearts of unprepared banquet servers and venue kitchen staff, who at best would scramble to whip up some brown rice and steamed broccoli in hopes that would satisfy the vegetarian conference-goer’s needs. With almost of fifth of the U.S. population either identifying as vegetarian or interested in going veggie at least part time (7.3 percent…

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psychological impact of food allergies

The Psychological Impact of Food Allergies

Food Allergies Psychologically Impact Social Experiences We all have an inherent human emotional need to associate with and be welcomed by others within groups. Whether it’s the kickball team, family, the neighborhood book club or the office, the need to belong is at the heart of each of us feeling accepted, getting attention and gaining/providing support. As we go through life, we are motivated to fulfill these social needs along with our basic needs of food, housing and love. It drives our need to feel good about ourselves.   “The need to belong is an intrinsic motivation to affiliate with others…

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Invisible disability

Keeping Invisible Disability in Mind When Planning Company Events

Keep an Employee’s Invisible Disability in Mind at Company Events The definition of an invisible disability in simple terms is a physical, mental or neurological condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities that not visible to the eye. And, because the symptoms of the disability are invisible, it makes the disability misunderstood and ignored. Examples of an invisible disability include, but are not limited to peanut allergy, celiac disease and diabetes. In 2008, the Americans With Disabilities Act was amended to to add additional terminology to major life activities as defined in the original law enacted in 1990.…

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Celebrating Independence

Celebrating Independence

  How to Make it Easier for Those with Dietary Needs to Eat Safely & Feel Included As we (i.e., me and my U.S.-based readers) celebrated 242 years our country’s independence this week, I got to thinking about the words independence and freedom, how they relate to food and beverage, and what I do to promote safe and inclusive food environments. By Merriam-Webster’s definition, independence, in the simplest of terms, is “the quality or state of not being under the control of, reliant on, or connected with someone or something else.” And the definition of freedom is “the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice…

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National Anti-Boredom Month

Banish Boring Banquets – National Anti-Boredom Month

Is it possible to actually die of boredom? Well, scientists have found that people who complain of boredom actually live shorter lives. That’s right. People who complain of boredom are more likely to die young. I thought National Anti-Boredom Month would be a great time to publish a light piece on boring food and beverage.    In a longitudinal study of 7,000 participants over 25 years, respondents who complained they were bored were 40% more likely to have died by the end of the study. Specialists from the department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University College of London reported…

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Safe Food and Beverage

Lessons for Human Resources Professionals: An Action Plan for Safe Food and Beverage – Part Six

This is part of a series. Check out the following if you would like to see more: Lessons for Human Resources Professionals: The Care and Feeding of Employees – Part One » Lessons for Human Resources Professionals: Health and Wellness Programs – Part Two » Lessons for Human Resources Professionals: Supporting Employees Dietary Needs – Part Three » Lessons for Human Resources Professionals: Legal Implications – Part Four » Lessons for Human Resources Professionals: How to Spot “Covering” in the Workplace – Part Five » In this final post in my series for HR departments, I’ve laid out some guidelines…

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Lessons for Human Resources Professionals: Supporting Employees Dietary Needs – Part Three

This is part three in a series of Lessons for Human Resource Professional and they can support employees with dietary needs. To read the first installment in this series: Lessons for Human Resources Professionals: The Care and Feeding of Employees The second article in this series: Lessons for Human Resources Professionals: Health and Wellness Programs Providing healthful food goes a long way toward fostering well-being in the workplace—but it is not enough. Today, more than ever, there is a growing occurrence of individuals with special dietary needs. Let’s take a look at some current statistics.  [list icon=”icon: check-square-o” icon_color=”#d81c5c”] “The Food Allergy…

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Feeding employees

Lessons for Human Resources Professionals: The Care and Feeding of Employees – Part One

As my clients, colleagues and followers know, my main focus as a meeting and event planner is ensuring the food is safe, healthy, delicious and inclusive. But for employees of a company, the food and beverage they are fed at conferences, special events and retreats is just a fraction of what they will consume while on the job. And it is the role of human resources professionals to ensure that all employees can eat safely. That’s why I’m devoting a series of blog posts to educating HR departments about what they can—and must—do when feeding employees. I say “must” because…

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What's in your broth?

What’s in Your Broth?

Kosher and food allergic individuals want to know what’s in your broth Barbara and I were done for the day. Although it was a short day, it was a still another long day at the Washington Auto Show. We wanted to get something good to eat. Something to contrast the convention center food we’d been eating for days. D.C. is now a hotbed for new restaurants. I’m amazed by all the options available compared to when I was living there in my 20’s. I’ve known Barbara is Jewish for as long as I’ve known her, but I don’t remember ever going…

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