Workplaces focus on wellness with new program


Minister for Health
The Honourable Lawrence Springborg


Workplaces   focus on wellness with new program


Queensland   workers will now find it easier to be healthy at work – and it doesn’t involve  replacing office chairs with a treadmill or tools with dumbbells!

Health   Minister Lawrence Springborg launched the Newman Government’s Workplace for   Wellness Program today at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland.

“This   program aims to empower, inspire and guide Queensland employers to support   their workers to live healthier and longer lives,” Mr Springborg said.

“The   Workplaces for Wellness Program offers Queensland businesses access to a new   website that provides more than 40 additional resources, such as templates,   tools, ideas and tips to help develop and manage a sustainable workplace   wellness program.

“The   focus of the program is to address the high rates of chronic disease in our   state and support more than two million Queensland adults where they spend   most of their time – at work.”

Mr   Springborg said overweight and obesity, physical inactivity, poor diet,   smoking and excessive alcohol consumption take a toll on more than just   individuals.

“More   than 24,000 Queenslanders die from a chronic disease annually, 91 per cent of   all deaths in our state,” he said.

“The   good news is that a healthy workplace can help reduce an individual’s chances   of developing many chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and   diabetes by supporting workers to be active, reduce stress, quit smoking and   eat healthy.

“There   are plenty of Queensland employers who already provide support for their   employees, by providing showers, lockers, filtered water and flexible work   hours while others encourage walking meetings – meetings on the go.

“Most   workplaces will find they already do things that make healthy choices easier   – it’s the little things that add up.

“I urge   all employers to make health part of their business strategy and become   workplace role models for their employees, their customers and competitors.”

Chamber   of Commerce and Industry Queensland Chief Executive Officer Stephen Tait said   the Workplaces for Wellness program was a great initiative and something they   were encouraging all of their members to take part in.

“As a   business owner, it is important to promote a healthy workplace and give your   employees some encouragement to lead healthy lifestyles at home and at work,”   Mr Tait said.

“Above   all, a business with healthy employees subsequently benefits from the   retention of staff, limits the number of days of sick leave taken and   enhances staff productivity.

“We are   proud to be supporters of the Workplaces for Wellness program and encourage   businesses of all sizes and industries to get on board and make it part of   their strategy.”

The   Workplaces for Wellness Program recognises workplaces for their efforts in   demonstrating a commitment to the health of their employees with a gold,   silver or bronze symbol.

Mr   Springborg said awarding workplaces gives organisations the recognition they   deserved, which may help to attract and retain staff.

“Workplaces   for Wellness is an opportunity for all working Queenslanders to look for ways   to make their workplace healthier and encourage their own employers to   participate in a workplace wellness program,” he said.

All   Queensland workplaces are encouraged to visit   to implement their workplace wellness program.

The Workplaces   for Wellness Program is a Queensland Government commitment under the National   Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health.



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