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Practicing what we preach, or not

01/08/2014 09:06:00 AM
Tom Karst

In the office, we have a long, elbow-high file cabinet near the copy editing desk that is fondly known as “OBF,” which is an acronym for “Over by Fred.” Fred is Fred Wilkinson, our managing editor.

When office treats are brought in by various editors or writers(thanks Amelia!), the point of distribution is OBF, on top of the black cabinet near the copy desk. "Chocolate cake OBF," for example, might be the subject line of a welcome office email.

While we are treated by produce marketers with the occasional wonderful box of apples or cherries at the start of a season or during the holidays, the  typical "OBF" treat is high calorie, not high nutrition.

Changing the food environment won't be easy. If given the choice between carrot sticks and cupcakes on the treat table, I still might choose cupcakes. 

 I know that makes me a terrible person. I’ll try to reform- along with the rest of you.

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PDX  |  January, 09, 2014 at 03:22 PM

we are a wholesale house so it is easier, we have glass front coolers that employees can shop and either make a lunch here or take the produce home. We sample fresh produce daily via a tray set up like in your office and encourage all to partake (know what we sell). We embrace healthy choices and have a health and wellness committee to suggested and encourage healthy options. I do wish we had some protein choices too :)

Tom K    
KC  |  January, 09, 2014 at 04:11 PM

Don, sounds like you have a good system.... know what you sell.. you can speak with conviction about the quality! Tom K

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