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METI to Start a Model Program for Promoting Healthy Living Targeting Workplaces-For Encouraging companies’ initiatives for eradicating lifestyle diseases-

The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will launch a Model Program for Promoting Healthy Living targeting workplaces, aiming to disseminate a model initiative for increasing health-conscious actions in workplaces. According to the Program, such measures as encouraging employees to try out a balance ball and to check their own health conditions with a body composition monitor will be implemented in some METI’s divisions which are designated to try out and demonstrate the Program. On June 12, 2014, as a part of these efforts, METI opened an eatery called “KENKO Shokodo,” in cooperation with Tanita Shokudo, a restaurant chain operated by Tanita Corporation. At KENKO Shokodo, METI will provide a counseling service led by a registered dietitian.

1. Purpose and target of the program

The Japan Revitalization Strategy, a policy measure set by the Abe administration, stipulates the importance of extending healthy life expectancy. To achieve this goal, METI has been endeavoring to promote the health care industry that handles areas not covered by insurance and develop it into a new business field, leading to a reduction in medical care expenditures. In particular, to reduce expenditures on lifestyle diseases, accounting for one-third of total healthcare expenditures, it is indispensable for Japan to introduce specific measures to workplaces, where many employees spend most of their time each day.

To achieve this goal, METI decided to start the model program, aiming to disseminate a model initiative for increasing a more health conscious workplace environment.

This initiative will not only improve workplace environments but also to encourage enterprises and municipalities to start similar initiatives, aiming to heighten momentum in society as a whole for proactively working to increase healthier approaches to life in workplaces.

2. Outline of the model program

  1. Providing healthy menus at KENKO Shokudo, and encouraging the METI staff to check their health conditions with a body composition monitor
  2. Providing METI staff with specific information on the results of their health checks (confirming the average conditions and other data compared among METI staff)
  3. Holding seminars and courses concerning exercise and nutrition
  4. Encouraging METI staff to improve their lifestyles by selling them passometers, which are able to store data online
  5. Encouraging METI staff to use a balance ball and holding an event in which employees compete for the highest total step count, under the division established for promoting the model program

For further details, see the Japanese language press release.

3. Outline of KENKO Shokudo

At midday of June 12 (Thus), 2014, METI opened KENKO Shokudo on the METI basement floor.
It provides employees with healthy menus, including lunch specials that were supervised by a registered dietitian who works for Tanita Shokudo.

In addition, at the eatery, METI has prepared a special zone, titled “Healthy Space,” in which METI staff are able to check their own health conditions with a body composition monitor. Furthermore, METI will provide its staff with an opportunity to enjoy a periodic counseling service led by a registered dietitian based on the results of the health conditions checked by the monitor.

Release Date

June 12, 2014

Division in Charge

Healthcare Industries Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
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