Posted on 07/5/2011
I like to surprise my employees from time to time. Sometimes I go into the production facility and speak to them about something exciting we're doing or report how a big project is going...my goal is to keep them engaged and up-to-date on the company. Other times I like to give them small tokens of my appreciation for all they do. They are such an important part of our success.
As a way to celebrate the 4th of July holiday with our employees, we decided to give each of them a watermelon to enjoy during their holiday cookouts and family get-togethers. Healthy, you bet. Refreshing, absolutely. Delicious, yes!
We handed out nearly 1,300 pounds of melon that totaled nearly 100 melons averaging 13 pounds each. Imagine how many seeds there are for that many melons! Just in case you were curious...I understand that could be about 300-350 seeds per medium-sized watermelon!
Watermelon is such a powerhouse of nutrition. Often seen by many as a sweet fruit, but overlooked as a healthy component in a balanced diet. This wonder fruit is full of vitamins and is also relatively low in calories. One cup of it packs only 46 calories, 21% Vitamin C, 18% Vitamin A and even contains 2% of Iron and 1% Calcium.
I love a juicy slice of watermelon from time to time. I relish each time it is served on our 5-week menu rotation. It is especially true during the dead of winter, a nice slice of summer to go with my meal. Umm!
Our melon give-away was really more than just providing employees with a delicious treat. I believe our goal is to encourage a healthy work environment. We are responsible for providing healthy, prepared meals to thousands of people nationwide. Why not help our employees with their own health?
I also like to encourage healthy eating habits by offering our employees free meals during their breaks. We stock their break room refrigerator with SSHE meals. Just a nice perk for them to enjoy while on the clock.
She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.