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What Makes a Healthy Organization

Personal Health Practices

A healthy organization informs and supports all employees in making positive choices that reduce their risk of harm and enhance their well-being. Programming, resources and a positive work environment will help to build skills that make these choices sustainable.

Each employee's health is viewed as a resource to be maximized to provide optimal physical and mental well-being for the person that will, in turn, enhance the health of the organization.

Programs enhance the awareness of risk factors, and provide information on a range of health issues.

Policies and environmental supports provide a framework and reinforces positive choices.

Example

A campaign to increase employees' consumption of fruits and vegetables

Voluntary Health PracticesWhy?

Eating 5-10 servings per day can reduce the risk of chronic disease including heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The cost to businesses of managing and treating chronic diseases continues to rise and the loss of human resources can be devastating.

How?

  • Provide pamphlets and displays from Heart and Stroke foundation and Canadian Cancer Society that raise awareness and provide information.
  • Offer presentations that have a skill building component, e.g. How to choose vegetables.
  • Provide home resources that reinforce the messages at the point of decision, e.g. a magnetic slide for the refrigerator that tracks for # of servings per day by food group.
  • Create a supportive work environment by ensuring:
    • The cafeteria and vending machines are clean, follow food safety standards and offer healthy food options.
    • Refrigerators and microwaves are available for safe food storage and reheating.

Getting started is easy. Here are 6 Steps To a Healthier Organization to facilitate the initiation of a workplace health program.

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What Makes a Healthy Organization

Revised: August 10, 2015

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