New guidelines from the New York City Health Department are now mandating that employees of the government agency eat in a more healthy manner. The new dietary rules were published in a pamphlet called “Life in the Cubicle Village” that was distributed in anticipation of an office move from Manhattan to Queens.
The guidelines lay out a number of foods that are not to be served at agency lunches or functions. The prohibited items include deep fried foods, cookies, cakes, or beverages containing more than 25 calories per ounce. It is also suggested that muffins and bagels served at meetings be cut in halves or quarters.
Although some complain that the pamphlet is “micro-managing,” others feel that the updated guidelines should be in accordance with the massive city-wide campaign to improve public health through diet and exercise changes. “The Health Department is leading by example by updating its guidelines for food and beverages served at agency meetings and events,” said spokeswoman Erin Brady.
Via NBC New York.
April 7th, 2011