Over 72 million people in Southeast Asia go to work every day [Global Economy, 2021]. In a lifetime, ordinary people will spend at least 90,000 hours at work [Pryce Jones, 2010].
The lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating behavior are responsible for the loss of workers’ productivity and ultimately cause a substantial economic burden [Grimani, 2019] due to sickness they suffer. However, work productivity can increase by at least 2 percent when workers make healthier food choices and develop healthy eating habits [Jensen, 2011]. This highlights the importance of health and nutrition interventions on workers and in their workplace. Healthy workers will not only bring prosperity to their workplace, but also to their family and the community where they live.
Thus, SEAMEO RECFON initiated a new flagship program called Nutrition Goes to Workplace (NGTW), in line with its life span approach to food and nutrition, under its Third Five-Year Development Plan (FYDP 2021/2022 – 2025/2026). This program targets the adults especially those in the working sector.