Kroger: Efforts to promote healthy lifestyle

During the 6th Annual International Forum on Food and Nutrition, The Kroger Co.'s Group Vice President for Corporate Affairs Lynn Marmer discussed the company's efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle and fight obesity.

The forum, held at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy on December 3-4, was sponsored by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation, a think tank focused on the links between food and nutrition and other social, environmental and economic issues.

Ms. Marmer outlined the obesity challenge in the United States – where one-third of children eat "Fast Food" every day and 34% of all citizens are obese – and Kroger's efforts to promote healthy living for associates, customers and communities.

Healthier Employees
Kroger, the sixth-largest employer in the U.S., gives associates a variety of tools to improve their health, including an incentive program with measurable outcomes to improve workplace wellness.

Since 2010, employees participate in annual health screenings that measure blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, body mass index and blood glucose levels. The percentage of associates meeting targets in each of the four areas has increased from 2010 to 2013, demonstrating improvement in the health of Kroger's workforce.

Earlier this year, Kroger's workplace well-being program received a 'Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles' award from the National Business Group on Health, and the company's commitment to employee health and wellness was recognized by the American Heart Association.

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