Monday, 03 November 2014 11:58

WSROC supports launch of ‘Get Healthy at Work’

Media release, November 3, 2014


The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) is calling on local businesses to register for the NSW Government’s new ‘Get Healthy at Work’ scheme to combat lifestyle-related illness.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “Lifestyle-related illnesses are a huge problem for Western Sydney. Around 60% of adults are overweight or obese and the number of people in Blacktown with type 2 diabetes is now well in excess of 6%.”

The Get Healthy at Work initiative is designed to tackle these preventable conditions by helping employers and employees make healthier choices. The program is part of the Diabetes Prevention and

Management Initiative which was designed to reduce high rates of type 2 diabetes in Western Sydney.

“Sedentary jobs combined with long commute times and limited public transport options mean that Western Sydney workers are spending more time per day sitting down. Combine this with poor diet and we start to see problems,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Many of these diseases can be easily avoided by making healthier lifestyle choices and it is important that we work together as a community to tackle these issues,” he said.

“The Get Healthy at Work’ scheme is a great starting point for creating healthier workplaces. It is free to register and businesses of all sizes can get involved.

“Participating businesses will have access to confidential staff health checks, medical referrals, planning and training materials, as well as access to workplace health promotion professionals who can help develop a tailored health program.”
Programs will vary depending on the needs and size of each workplace and may include measures to: increase physical activity, encourage healthy eating, assistance to quit smoking or reduce alcohol consumption.

“We spend the majority of our day in the workplace, so it is a perfect starting point for building healthy habits. Even simple steps such as ensuring canteens offer healthy and affordable lunch options can go a long way towards encouraging staff to make good choices,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Nestle’s Blacktown factory participated in the pilot version of this program and has already seen great results for its employees,” says Hadchiti.

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