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- Local Organizations Are Encouraged to Make Strides in October to Become Healthier Workplaces -

If you want to make a healthy workplace part of your business, now is the time to get started.

October is Healthy Workplace Month and it is the perfect opportunity for local organizations to make strides to improve the health and well-being of their employees. Research shows that when organizations create a healthy work environment, they enjoy a better bottom line, higher productivity, less absenteeism and improved staff morale.

“Employees also benefit, as they feel like they have more control and say in their work, and are better able to balance work-life commitments,” says Lisa van der Vinne, a Health Promoter with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

In general, workplace health efforts can include practices, policies or activities that make the work environment a better one for employees.

“We know that workplace health is alive and well at many organizations in our region, so the purpose of Healthy Workplace Month is for these workplaces to build on their success,” says van der Vinne. “For other businesses thinking about what to do in terms of workplace health, October is a good time to see how they can get started.”

The Health Unit is promoting the Healthy Workplace Month website as a guide for what local organizations can do in October. The website includes ideas, information, resources and weekly activities that can be used throughout the month.

This year’s theme for Healthy Workplace Month is ‘Mental Health at Work’, and van der Vinne says it is a timely and topical one in 2013.

“Mental health is a very big issue in workplaces,” she adds. “More and more organizations are working to reduce psychological harm for their employees, promote good mental health and support those recovering from mental illness.”

The Mental Health Commission of Canada estimates one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem. It is also estimated that mental health problems in Canada cost workplaces approximately $50-billion per year.

Local workplaces are encouraged to contact the Health Unit’s Workplace Health Program to find out about additional resources and information to improve workplace wellness. Health Unit services are free and confidential. To find out more, visit the Health Unit’s workplace health portal, Solutions 2 Work Stress, call toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 256, or email us.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Lisa van der Vinne, Health Promoter, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100, or 1-866-888-4577,ext. 256.

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