It is good business to be in the business of providing a working environment and culture that gets the very best from staff. There is plenty of evidence from good and successful employers that a positive and proactive approach to employee health pays off.
Measurable gains include reduced absence, higher work-rate, fewer mistakes, improved teamwork and better customer service.
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Ideas Healthy Active Workplaces have implemented:
- Arrange discount vouchers for employees to join a fitness centre or sporting organisation.
- Take the team for weekly games of touch, basketball, soccer or tennis using local sporting facilities or schools.
- Send a reminder email out to employees at knock off time to “Find your 30 with your family” (referring to the Queensland Government Find your 30 campaign - www.your30.qld.gov.au).
- Set up a team of Ambassadors to promote and motivate physical activity and healthy eating in the workplace.
- Provide motivational signs on the back of the toilet door.
- Arrange for healthy lunches or a bowl of fruit in the lunch room.
- Promoting awareness for health and fitness.
Strategic health strategies for employers could be:
- Flexible working hours
- Work environment improvements
- In house fitness programs
- Staff catering
- Confidential counselling and health advice
- Work life balance program
- Workforce health incentives scheme
- Stress reduction
Feel free to come up with your own innovative ideas on what will motivate people in your workplace. Remember to share them with us!
Healthy Choice Catering
Healthy eating is essential for good health. Good nutrition protects against diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. With only 10% of adults eating enough vegetables for good health and most people consuming too much salt, saturated fat and sugar in their food and drinks, serving healthier food in the workplace is an important part of promoting health and wellbeing among your staff. By making sure that healthy choices are available at all functions and in onsite canteens, you make it easier for your staff to make better food choices.
Healthy workplace catering is easy and involves a wide variety of tasty, attractive foods. It can be as simple as: limiting foods high in unhealthy saturated and trans fats, salt and sugar; including more fruit and vegetables and; reducing serve sizes.
The Healthy Choice Catering Guide provides some practical healthy food ideas for your workplace.
Our Healthy Active Workplaces
|Gladstone Regional Council||Natasha Battley|
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27 members are taking part in The Biggest Loser. Our aim with the project is to support and motivate each other through out the journey of the contest. We weigh in every Monday for three months. At the end of months one, two and three whoever has lost the most percentage wins a cash prize.
|GAPDL||4972 4000 Tess.email@example.com|
GAPDL have started discussing ways to organise regular physical activity sessions (such as cricket, soccer, volleyball and touch games). GAPDL are inviting staff, volunteers, members and the general community to be involved. Promotion of the activities will occur through their ‘Contact!’ newsletters.
|Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre|
(07) 4973 7312 firstname.lastname@example.org
BIEEC run programs for students and community groups , which involve a lot of activities from canoeing to cycling, snorkelling and high and low ropes to name a few. The more students we can get through our centre, the more we can educate on getting them out and about and enjoying what we have here in the beautiful area. We're open to work with community groups and schools in running initiatives.
|St. Johns Catholic Primary School||Jakki Graham |
(07) 4978 1799
Staff aim to be healthy active role models to their students. They are committing to healthier food options at staff meetings and social sport after work.
|Gladstone Base Hospital||Marian Rossouw||As part of Healthy Active Gladstone Region the Gladstone Base Hospital is holding a healthy habits competition with weekly challenge emails being sent to staff. A mobile whiteboard will also be placed at various locations around the hospital with healthy tips and ideas. The program also links staff with the Lighten Up Program and other resources.|