Tuesday, April 5, 2011

New York Health Department is going on a diet

New York has always been a cutting edge kind of place.
And now the city's Health Department is going to experience some cutting of its own by going on a diet.
That means, no deep-fried foods,and no cookies and cakes served at the same time. 
And of course, no beverages over 25 calories per ounce.
This is all part of the new and exciting health mandate issued to department employees in a cute little brightly-colored brochure.
The mandate also requires that tap water be on the menu when food or drinks are served and suggests bagels or muffins be cut into halves or quarters to reduce the number of calories employees intake, and thinly sliced, whole-grain bread is a suggested offering at work events.

Besides the dietary rules, employees are now required to adopt good personal and office hygiene habits, like wearing smelly products, eavesdropping and putting up signs co-workers may deem offensive, according to the new set of guidelines for "Life in the Cubicle Village."

These guidelines are part of the massive city campaign to improve public health and to make changes related to diet, exercise and non-smoking.

While some health department employees complain the new rules verge on "micro-managing," the agency says the updated guidelines reflect the department's effort to practice what it preaches.

"The Health Department is leading by example by updating its guidelines for food and beverages served at agency meetings and events," said a Health Department spokeswoman.