The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2015-02-04T06:12:47Z Transport companies make long haul commitment to workplace health 2015-02-04T06:12:47Z transport-companies-make-long-haul-commitment-to-workplace-health There’s a new place to get healthy in 2015, and it’s not the gym or the doctor. In fact, it’s a place where most Australians already spend about a third of their life - work. More than 850 workplaces across New South Wales (NSW) have already made a pledge to support healthier lifestyles by embracing a new free workplace health service called Get Healthy at Work. Get Healthy at Work is a $12 million NSW Government initiative that makes it easy for businesses to support workers in making healthier food choices, becoming more physically active and maintaining a healthy body weight. Participating workplaces can also use the service to support the New Year’s resolutions of workers who want to quit smoking or reduce their alcohol intake. In response to data that shows many transport workers are at high risk of developing chronic disease, particularly Type 2 diabetes and heart disease , two transport companies have been among the first to implement their Get Healthy at Work programs. In Sydney, TNT Australia made a number of changes at its Enfield worksite to support workers in making healthier food choices and exercising more. These included overhauling its canteen menu boards to offer healthier options, ‘traffic light’ stickers in each truck to remind drivers of healthy eating choices and new partnerships with local associations, gyms and health insurers to offer better deals for employees. “Feedback from staff indicates they are healthier, they tend to be happier and more are making informed food and lifestyle choices,” said TNT General Manager – Workplace Risk, Chris Zichy-Woinarski. Employee engagement was another benefit the business attributed to the enhanced focus on health.  “The minute you start to take a sincere interest in your people, in turn they take a more sincere interest and investment in the company – and that’s good for business,” Mr Zichy-Woinarski said. In Tamworth, Carey’s Freight Lines has launched both weight loss and fitness challenges as part of a workplace health program developed with support from a Get Healthy at Work workplace health provider. For Marco Rindo, Work, Health, Safety and Compliance Manager, Carey’s Freight Lines, the benefits for both the workers and the business are obvious. “Healthy workers are happier in their work, less likely to be home sick and also more productive when they are at work. For drivers in particular, a healthy, fitter worker is more alert and less likely to become fatigued and put at risk themselves or others on the road,” he said. “Our drivers have really taken the idea and run with it, with our own ‘Biggest Loser’ competition as well as a ‘Fitness Fanatic’ challenge for the guys that don’t have so much weight to lose. It’s great to see everyone encouraging each other along the way.” General Manager of WorkCover's Work Health and Safety Division, Peter Dunphy, said it was fantastic to see workers in one of the most high-risk industries for chronic disease embracing the opportunity to get healthy at work. “The working environment has an undeniable impact on the health of an individual, particularly when you consider how much time the average Australian spends at work throughout their life,” he said.  “For truck drivers, the lifestyle of long hauls, shift work and fast food means obesity, diabetes and heart disease can often be major health issues. “Simply planning ahead for better food, or making healthier choices such as drinking water instead of soft drink can have a huge impact on weight and general wellbeing.” Joining those in the transport industry, workers in the manufacturing, construction and agriculture industries have also been shown to be at high risk for chronic disease. In addition to the individual health benefits, businesses that value workplace health have been shown to benefit through improved worker morale, productivity, staff attraction and retention, and corporate image. In the longer term, reductions in absenteeism as well as workplace injuries and claims could also be achieved. About Get Healthy at Work Developed by WorkCover NSW in partnership with NSW Health, Get Healthy at Work gives businesses access to an accredited workplace health provider who can help set some health goals, supported by a simple action plan tailored to the needs of the business and its workers. Alternatively, businesses can choose to develop their action plan independently using Get Healthy at Work’s interactive training tutorials and easy-to-use resources, tools and templates to guide them every step of the way. As part of the service, workers at participating businesses are offered a free and confidential 15-minute health check to assess their risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. At-risk individuals are then provided with advice and referrals to set them on the path to better health. The health check can be completed online or with an onsite health practitioner during work hours.  Businesses can learn more about the service and register to participate at www.gethealthyatwork.com.au or call WorkCover NSW on 13 10 50.  Workers, businesses and economy to benefit from NSW Government workplace health initiative 2014-10-20T04:29:58Z workers-businesses-and-economy-to-benefit-from-nsw-government-workplace-health-initiative Industry and business leaders gathered in Sydney last week for a special briefing on Get Healthy at Work, a free NSW Government service offering businesses all the tools, resources and support they need to address lifestyle-related risk factors for chronic disease in the workplace.  Hosted by WorkCover NSW in partnership with NSW Health, the business community heard how the innovative new service would improve the health of workers, enhance the competitiveness of NSW businesses and deliver long-term benefits to the State’s economy.  In his opening address, Safety, Return to Work and Support CEO, Vivek Bhatia said the NSW Government had put healthy workplaces on the agenda of every small, medium and large business in the State.  Building upon much of the work both WorkCover NSW and NSW Health do in the community, Mr Bhatia said the new workplace health service helps deliver on a number of NSW Government commitments. “NSW is committed to reducing the burden of chronic disease and reducing smoking rates, overweight and obesity rates and total risk drinking. In doing so, it is hoped these changes will drive economic growth and increase the competitiveness of doing business in NSW,” he said.  “Get Healthy at Work is a $12 million investment by the NSW Government that is geared towards achieving these important goals.” Get Healthy at Work will improve the health of working adults by making it easy for businesses to develop and implement a customised workplace health program that focusses on healthy eating, healthy weight, physical activity, active travel, smoking and harmful alcohol consumption.  An important component of the program is a free, confidential and voluntary health check available for workers at participating businesses. Completed either online or with a trained health professional at the workplace, the health check helps individual workers understand their risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes and offers lifestyle advice and referrals as required.  WorkCover NSW General Manager, Peter Dunphy said four industries - transport, construction, manufacturing, and primary production - had been identified as a priority for the new service, and encouraged all businesses to participate. “These four industries were highlighted as their workers are most at risk of chronic disease, the main cause of death and disability in Australia. But we want all businesses – regardless of size or industry – to benefit from this significant investment in preventive health,” Mr Dunphy said.  “Get Healthy at Work represents a significant opportunity for NSW workplaces to enhance their health, safety and performance. All they have to do is register at gethealthyatwork.com.au.” Sixteen companies including TNT Australia, Woolworths, James Hardie, Nestle, and Australian Financial Services participated in a pilot of the program ahead of its official launch in July 2014. Speaking at the event, TNT Australia outlined a number of changes the company had made at its Enfield worksite as a result of Get Healthy at Work. These changes included: •Overhauling its canteen menu boards to offer healthier options •Placement of ‘traffic light’ stickers in each truck to remind drivers of healthy eating choices •Partnerships with local associations, gyms and health insurers to offer better deals for employees •Creation of a smoke-free environment “Feedback from staff indicates they are healthier, they tend to be happier and more are making informed food and lifestyle choices,” TNT General Manager – Workplace Risk Chris Zichy-Woinarski said. Employee engagement was another benefit the business attributed to the enhanced focus on health.  “The minute you start to take a sincere interest in your people, in turn they take a more sincere interest and investment in the company,” Mr Zichy-Woinarski said. Workplace health programs can deliver additional business benefits including improved morale, productivity, staff attraction and retention and corporate image. Businesses could also expect to see reductions in absenteeism as well as workplace injuries and claims. Businesses can learn more about the service and register to participate at www.gethealthyatwork.com.au  Media enquiries: WorkCover NSW Media Unit: 02 4321 5474 or 0413 186 799