Promote workplace wellness for a healthier New Year
As year-end approaches, so does the dreaded task of choosing (and sticking with) a New Year’s Resolution. This year, make it easy… resolve to be well and stay well. And why not start in the workplace? After all, the average Canadian spends almost 40 hours there each week.A few simple changes at work can have a great impact on the health and well-being of your employees and on your bottom line. In fact, it has been estimated that for every $1 invested in workplace wellness initiatives, companies saved an average of $3. That’s quite a return! Read on for some simple, cost-effective tips to implement a wellness program within your company.

Getting your wellness program started
Starting a wellness program at work doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many simple tips and strategies that can produce big results on a small budget.

  • Kill germs
    Cut down on germs by sanitizing frequently touched areas in the workplace. Designate this task to a different employee each day. Distribute personal-sized hand sanitizers to each employee and keep larger bottles in common areas like main entrances, lunch rooms and conference rooms to keep the spread of germs to a minimum.
  • Drink water
    Drinking adequate amounts of water promotes weight loss, lowers the risk of a heart attack and certain kinds of cancers, and flushes toxins out of the body. Distribute tumblers to all employees and encourage them to fill ‘em up with water throughout the day for optimal health.
  • Offer healthy snack options
    Consider eliminating high fat, high calorie snacks in break room vending machines— contact the supplier and request healthier options. And if your company partakes in frequent potlucks, encourage healthy themes like low fat, low sodium or high protein. Reward the maker of the best tasting dish with fun prizes like an apple-shaped stress relievers or a Palm Peel-it Vegetable Peeler.
  • Walk
    Motivate your staff to get moving. Walking has many health benefits including lowering blood pressure, cutting cholesterol, burning calories, reducing stress and lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes and more! Encourage your employees to walk 10,000 steps a day and give them a pedometer to track their progress. Organize a lunch-time walking group and consider holding a contest to see who walks the most steps or who shows the greatest increase in their daily steps. Reward the winner with a water bottle holder or some ear buds.

Remember, starting small can yield big results. With just a few easy steps you can see a happier, healthier workforce with more energy, less illness and increased productivity. Here’s to a healthier New Year!

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