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Website offers healthy workplace ideas

SIMCOE, ON, OCT. 19, 2007 – The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is urging people to make use of a website with ideas and suggestions on how to increase health in the workplace.

The site, www.healthyworkplaceweek.ca, has been established in connection with Canada’s Healthy Workplace Week 2007, which runs from Oct. 22 to 28. Healthy Workplace Week is set aside each year to increase awareness about the importance of workplace health to personal and organizational performance.

“The website contains many activities that you and your organization can participate in during Healthy Workplace Week,” noted Erin Bellchamber, Workplace Health Promoter with the Health Unit.

The website includes three activity categories:

  • Activities to enhance your personal well-being.
  • Activities to support managers.
  • Activities for organizations to implement.

For example, in the personal well-being category, the website provides a weekday planner that gives employees specific suggestions they can use during mornings, afternoons and after work to produce a healthier lifestyle.

“Canada’s Healthy Workplace Week is about celebrating what is going right in your organization and learning about what can be done to make things better,” said Bellchamber who noted that Norfolk County Council officially proclaimed Healthy Workplace Week earlier this month.

People spend much of their lives in the workplace and “sometimes stress and the pace of work erode relationships,” Bellchamber pointed out. “It undermines the way in which we relate to one another and creates perceptions that some people are not valued as much as they should be. That’s why this year’s theme is ‘It’s all about Valuing People.’ ”

A healthy workplace is one that focuses on healthy lifestyles, occupational health and safety, and organizational culture.

Media contact:
Erin Bellchamber, Workplace Health Promoter
Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
519-426-6170 Ext 3236 or 519-318-6623