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New workplace health initiative announced

11 August 2011 - 6:49pm

A number of peak employers and union bodies have made a commitment to improve the overall health and wellbeing of workers today by signing a joint statement of commitment with minister for health and ageing, Nicola Roxon.

The commitment aims to protect the long-term health of Australian workers by representing a partnership between the government and industry bodies, such as the Business Council of Australia and Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Roxon says: "Australians spend a lot of our time at work so it’s important that healthy habits are promoted and encouraged there."

"Many employers and unions around the country are already taking action to help their employees live healthier lifestyles through programs such as lunchtime sport, in-office health check-ups and walking groups," she adds.

Such measures hope to decrease the rates of preventable conditions and chronic disease.
The joint statement is a part of the Healthy Workers Initiative, with some $295 million to be invested in programs to improve positive habits such as regular exercise and sensible eating.

Businesses who want to protect the wellbeing of their workforce can also take out corporate health plans.