The panacea that could potentially save billions in annual health care cost isn’t a pill or a new exercise craze – it may be as simple as what you lift on your fork. According to a new study that will be presented at the American Society for Nutrition conference this week, “healthy eating habits could save between $21 billion and $135 billion a year in health care costs.” New research even connects healthy food consumption with mood improvement and relief from depression.

And now the CDC has officially confirmed that the workplace is full of empty calories. Employers, you can do your part by providing healthier options for snacks and company meals. While there may be some initial grumbling when salads replace pizza, or fruits and nuts replace doughnuts, you might also be surprised at how quickly those apples disappear! If it is free, they will come.

Now, that is food for thought!