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Clean Up Your Vending Machines
Make the healthy choice the easy choice
If your workplace has vending machines, how healthy are they? Healthy nutrition is a key part in supporting a healthy and productive staff team.
Not sure what should be in your healthy vending machines? Use this criteria chart to see what foods are a fit and which foods are a bust.
Become a Healthy Workplace
Healthier employees equal a healthier and more profitable workplace
Consider how much time you and your employees spend in the workplace. How healthy is that environment?
WellnessFits is a free comprehensive workplace wellness program that offers businesses and organizations resources and support they need to create healthy workplaces.
WellnessFits is a partnership of the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon and the Province of British Columbia’s Healthy Families BC Initiative.
Click here to visit their website.
Start a Stairway to Health Program
Use what you already have to help employees become more active
There are a variety of benefits to programs that encourage the use of stairways, as part of physical activity in workplaces, or other settings. These benefits may include improved morale, a sense of well-being, higher energy levels and improved team building. This site from the Public Health Agency of Canada contains information on how to get started including fact sheets, tools and motivational posters.
Initiate a Healthy Food
Policy at Meetings and Events
Help staff make healthier choices
Canadians spend an average of 10.5 hours each day at work (or commuting to and from), making the work environment an ideal place to promote healthy lifestyle behaviours like healthy eating and physical activity.
If you plan meetings, events or conferences, you can help people to make healthier choices – to eat healthier foods, and to be more active – and your meetings, events and conferences will likely be more successful as a result. These resources contain several tools to make planning healthy food choices at meetings/events a simple process.
Start a Workplace Walking Program
Attract the best and brightest workers who seek out healthy working conditions
Workplaces are great locations to promote healthy living and the integration of physical activity into daily life. Promoting walking in the workplace has benefits for both the employee and the employer. For more information from Walk BC on how to get started visit here.
Help Your Employees Stop Smoking
Create a workplace that supports your staff in kicking this deadly habit
Health Canada has developed this comprehensive guide that includes strategies, best practices, tools, handouts for employees and much more. The guide can be downloaded here.
Sponsor a Local Sports Team
Show your community that you care
Participation in sports (as a youth or adult) is a great way for people to stay active. Help ensure the success of a local team by offering to be a sponsor. Sponsorship could include financial support, staff volunteer time or the provision of practice space.
Support Staff Volunteerism
Create an environment of giving back to your community
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, meet new people, learn new skills and experience higher levels of personal satisfaction. Here are some ways you can support your staff in giving back to the community:
1. Allow staff to volunteer a certain number of hours per month on company time.
2. As a workplace pick a cause/organization to support and commit to a certain number of hours a month you will supply staff to help that cause/organization.
Put Your Meeting Rooms to Good Use
Offer empty timeslots to local groups
Workplaces often have meeting spaces that are left vacant for much of the week. Connect with local health organizations and offer that space for free for health related community workshops, programs, events etc.