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Physical activity and healthy habits in the workplace benefit workers, employers

Physical activity and healthy habits in the workplace benefit workers, employers

HAMILTON, ON (October 3, 2012) – With memories of fun-filled summer vacations fading away, fall typically ushers in a ‘back to business’ mentality in the workplace and in the home. With it, comes shorter days of sunshine, longer days of work, less time for physical activity and the potential for work-life balance conflicts. Employers can play a critical role in addressing these concerns, with benefits for both the workers and bottom-line results to the organization.

“The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety recognizes that fall can be a very busy time for Canadian workers, who may become vulnerable to stress, burnout and illness,” says Steve Horvath, President and CEO at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. “However, studies have shown that employees who work in an environment where healthy habits and physical activity during the workday are encouraged, report higher levels of health and well-being, increased job satisfaction and productivity, better relations with co-workers, and reduced absenteeism.”

A healthy workplace results when corporate policies and procedures are enhanced and strengthened by a management team that actively promotes a culture of healthy living and creates opportunities for physical activity to take place at work. For example:

  • Implementing “active” breaks during the day for stretching or walking
  • Subsidizing fitness memberships or classes
  • Avoiding scheduling of meetings over the lunch hour
  • Offering flex time for physical activity
  • Leveraging community resources (local gyms, running trails, animal shelters in need of volunteer dog walkers) to encourage physical activity
  • Reminding employees of the importance of good hygiene habits such as hand washing and staying home when ill
  • Organizing healthy lunch potlucks or recipe challenges

For a number of free resources to help promote health in the workplace, visithttp://www.ccohs.ca/keytopics/healthy_wplaces.html.


For Further Information, Contact:
Eleanor Westwood, Manager – Communications
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
(905) 572-2981, Ext. 4408    E-mail: eleanorw@ccohs.ca


Ashleigh Blackmore, Communications Officer

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
(905) 572-2981, Ext. 4443    E-mail: ashleigh.blackmore@ccohs.ca


The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), a Canadian federal government agency based in Hamilton, Ontario is Canada’s national resource for the advancement of workplace health and safety. CCOHS promotes the total well-being – physical, psychosocial and mental health – of working Canadians by providing information, training, education, management systems and solutions that support health and safety programs and the prevention of injury and illness. CCOHS partners and collaborates with agencies and organizations from Canada and around the world to improve the quality and quantity of resources and programs, as well as expand the breadth of usage of occupational health information to many different segments of society.

Source: Canada News Centre


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