22 May 2013

How healthy is your workplace?

Posted in Blog

Children learn much from their parents. Their eating and lifestyle habits are determined by what happens in the home. Usually, at least one family member goes to work for 8 hours a day, so if their work place is not supporting a healthy lifestyle, it can overflow into the family, resulting in poor food choices and an unhealthy life style.

Did you know that?

Healthier Workplace WA offers free services, tools, and resources to all workplaces across Western Australia to help them support and encourage their workers to make positive lifestyle changes that benefit everyone. This includes expert advice to develop healthy food and drink policies, encourage the use of active transport within the workplace, and support for workers giving up smoking.

“Healthier Workplace WA is part of the Healthy Workers Initiative, a joint Australian, State, and Territory Government initiative under the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health. The main objectives of the agreement are:

An increase in:

  • adults at a healthy weight
  • adults consuming fruit and vegetables
  • adults doing 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on five or more days a week

A decrease in:

  • adults smoking daily
  • adults drinking too much alcohol”

From June 4th, Healthier Workplace WA will be offering small grants to workplaces to implement projects that promote and support workers’ health and wellbeing.

Healthier Workplace WA is delivered by the Heart Foundation WA in conjunction with Cancer Council WA and the University of Western Australia. Other specialist services and programs are available from Diabetes WA, Western Australian School Canteen Association and TravelSmart.

Healthier Workplace WA
c/o The Heart Foundation
334 Rokeby Road
Perth WA 6904

Telephone 1300 550 271

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The website is full of useful information on how to get started on making your place of employment a healthier place to work. The workplace checklist is a good starting point.


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