October is Healthy Workplace Month and the Northwestern Health Unit is inviting you to participate in our sixth-annual Workplace Wellness Challenge!
Last year, 80 workplaces across the region, including 800 employees, took part in the challenge–and we hope to see even more in 2018.
Many of us spend a significant portion of our time at work. But an imbalance between work and life, job stress, long hours, and busy schedules can be harmful to our health.
Taking some steps towards increasing our physical activity, eating healthy, getting more rest, and spending quality time with family and friends significantly can increase our happiness and productivity at work.
The goal of the Workplace Wellness Challenge is to encourage workplaces to support employee health and well-being.
Research has shown that poor health and lifestyles choices can lead to increased stress, decreased morale, and reduced effectiveness in the workplace.
“The challenge is a way to get us all thinking about our physical and mental health at work,” said Christine McLeod, a health promoter with the Northwestern Health Unit.
“A friendly competition between colleagues and workplaces can motivate us to get more active, eat more fruits and vegetables, and pay attention to things like how many hours of sleep we get each night,” she noted.
“These healthy lifestyle practices will help to make our time at work more positive.”
Workplaces are encouraged to take part in the challenge by designating a team captain and recruiting employees to participate, with registration being open until this Friday (Sept. 28).
Regional and local prizes will be awarded to workplaces that rank the highest based on average points earned per participant.
For more information and to register for the Workplace Wellness Challenge, contact your local health unit office or visit www.nwhu.on.ca