The Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine partnered with GEICO to offer the insurance company’s employees low-fat vegetarian meals at work - with remarkable results.
Over the course of two studies - which were 18 and 22 weeks in length - GEICO employees experienced significant weight loss, lowered their cholesterol, and improved their attendance at work.
Under the guidance of PCRM - a non-profit union of over 12,000 medical professionals - GEICO provided low-fat vegetarian meals in workplace cafeterias.
The meals included such staple foods as legumes, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
Also included in the programs developed by PCRM were cooking classes, dietician support, and information sessions where employees could learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet.
During the studies, participants lost an average of between 10 and 11 pounds - with some losing upwards of 40 - while members of an omnivorous control group gained weight.
Participants also significantly increased their intake of such highly-beneficial nutrients as including fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium.
Some participants also saw a reduction in their LDL cholesterol, and improved control of their blood sugar.
In a similar study conducted by PCRM and GEICO, which occurred in 2015, employees also noted a reduction in anxiety, fatigue and depression.
After the 2015 study, the PCRM's acclaimed plant-based physician Neal Barnard, MD, described the study as 'a win-win situation for employees and the company'.
He added: "Who doesn't want to feel great, increase energy, and maximize productivity in the process?"
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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