Healthier Workplace WA helping workplaces get in shape!

(SOURCE: MASTER BUILDER, May-June 2016)  Official Journal of the Master Builders Association of WA

With most Australians spending about one-third of their lives at work, the workplace is the ideal setting for promoting positive health and wellbeing. A WA program, Healthier Workplace WA (HWWA) is leading the way in getting workplaces in shape.

Workers who make healthy choices are less at risk of developing lifestyle risk factors which contribute to chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. They are also more likely to enjoy life – at work and at home.

Healthier Workplace WA can support workplaces to plan, design, implement and evaluate a workplace health and wellbeing program that focuses on helping their workers to:

  • Achieve a healthy weight.
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables.
  • Participle in 30 minutes of physical activity on five or more days of the week.
  • Reduce sitting time.
  • Quit or reduce smoking.
  • Reduce level of harmful alcohol consumption.

Healthier Workplace WA has made its services free and easily accessible. These include oniine training, webinars and lunch ‘n’ learns; telephone and email support; online tools and resources; expert advice, information and support on workplace catering, active commuting, quit smoking courses and alcohol-related issues in the workplace; and face to face training sessions.

Achieving a healthier workplace doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. These simple steps can get you started on your workplace health journey.

  1. Free Health and Well-being Coordinator Training

The Online Health and Wellbeing Coordinator Training covers the basics of workplace health promotion. The self-paced online training consists of four modules with each module taking about 20 minutes to complete:

  • Module one: Introduction to workplace health.
  • Module two: Motivating your staff to be healthy.
  • Module three: Best practice workplace health promotion.
  • Module four: Planning your program.
  1. Workplace Health Check

Taking the online Workplace Health Check will allow you to identify gaps and priorities in your workplace in relation to the risk factors of smoking, unhealthy eating, alcohol and physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour. The Workplace Health Check should take you about 10 minutes to complete and will assess your workplace on healthy policy, supportive infrastructure, activities and information and provide you with a tailored report.

  1. Follow the Plan-Do-Review Guide

Plan-Do-Review is a three-step process that will provide you with guidance and direct you to free tools and resources, It’s a cyclical process, so it means that you can continually change things and improve.

In summary, a workplace health and wellbeing program involves:

  • Developing health-related policies.
  • Creating a work environment that supports good health.
  • Encouraging active participation in activities.
  • Developing healthy attitudes and behaviours in workers through education.

It you already have a Health and Wellbeing program in the workplace then why not get recognised for it. Apply to Healthier Workplace WA to be a leader in your field and show your competitors you care about the health and wellbeing of your staff.

Delivered by the Heart Foundation WA in conjunction with Cancer Council WA and the University of Western Australia, Healthier Workplace WA supports workplaces across WA to make positive lifestyle changes that benefit everyone.

For more information about the Healthier Workplace WA program, visit

www.healthierworkplacewa.com.au or call 1300 550 271.