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“Put Fruit to Work” Week is September 21 – 25

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fresh fruit is a satisfying snack on any job, and the new Tompkins County Worksite Wellness Coalition is celebrating National Fruit & Veggies­—More Matters Month with “Put Fruit to Work” Week, September  21–25. 

Put Fruit to Worki s a campaign to promote fruit as a fresh, healthy snack choice on any job. Employers and employees can work together to make fruit available as an alternative to typical snack options at work. 

Tompkins County worksites are marking the week in a variety of ways, from “pot luck” fruit salads, to complimentary apples for employees, to sampling fruit smoothies. Worksites with a “wellness bulletin board” can post information about the benefits of eating fruit more often.

Mayor Svante Myrick will be at the DeWitt Park Farmers’ Market on Tuesday, September 22, at 1:00 p.m. to sign a proclamation for Put Fruit to Work Week in the City of Ithaca.

“At City Hall, promoting healthier snack choices has been a mainstay of our Wellness Program,” said Kathy Servoss, a member of the City Hall Wellness Committee. “Put Fruit to Work is a great way to get this simple wellness initiative into worksites of all sizes, all across the county.”

“Just bring a bag of apples or a bunch of bananas to share at work,” said Beth McKinney, Director of Cornell Wellness. “It can be that easy.”

“The goal of the new Worksite Wellness Coalition is to foster wellness programs at workplaces throughout the county,” said Ted Schiele, a member of the Coalition who works in Health Promotion at the Tompkins County Health Department. “Coalition members rolled out Put Fruit to Work as a simple way to introduce wellness programming to employees, and introduce the Coalition to employers.”

The Tompkins County Worksite Wellness Coalition is a resource for Tompkins County employers interested in sharing best practices for worksite wellness.  Members include employers with newly formed or established programs. The Coalition will meet four to six times a year with a combination of presentations and networking opportunities. For more information, visit