8 responses to “How the “Freshman 15” is like the “Office 25””

  1. relet

    We get two fruit baskets a week for a group of sixteen people, and an hour of paid exercise during work time. The building has a free fitness hall, sauna and bouldering/table tennis hall.

    There usually are some chocolates on the common table, but these are bought and brought by the engineers themselves.

    1. Sophi

      OOH! The fruit baskets and especially the hour of paid exercise sound fantastic. Your company has the right idea, I bet the exercise cuts down on the crabby at work factor AND keeps everyone in shape.
      Um.. can you share your location?

  2. kiko

    So true but, I have bad self control so I tend to eat it anyways.
    which is why I never bring junk food into my house.
    btw I don’t work in an office.

  3. gasstationwithoutpumps

    I know a few engineering professors who have desks that they stand at, but mainly because of back problems, rather than weight loss (they were not overweight to begin with). Standing still does not use that many more calories than sitting anyway.

    Despite what it says in PhD comics, though, free food is less available to faculty and grad students than it is to office workers, and college campuses tend to be spread out enough that getting some exercise is almost inevitable.

  4. Awkward Engineer (Sam)

    Actually, our company feeds us, not the vendors. Friday is bagel day! We get free fruit and break, which is nice, and free soda and coffee. I’ve noticed I drink more soda now then I ever used to, just because it’s there.

    Also, candy bars are not free, which I think is an interesting twist.

    I definitely snack on fruit more often than candy, because it’s free.

  5. Hilary

    At LeCroy we have a gym and walking path that many of our engineers use to burn off the pizza lunches! 🙂

  6. ferd

    Sophi, you are right about engineers with sedentary jobs and lots of high calorie junk food around. Add job stress and eating fast food (due to short project deadlines). It takes a lot of willpower to eat right and exercise.

    The worst temptation that I’ve heard was from my wife. She worked at the Krispy Kreme Donut headquarters for a while. They always had stacks of fresh donuts – some were new experimental recipes that they wanted opinions about. She was able to resist since she’s used to watching her sugar, but I know I’d be in trouble!

  7. Melissa

    This is great! It’s so true about the Office 25!! I’m going to use that term, if I may.