Nominations open for first national healthy workplace awards

HealthyTNNominations are now open for the 2013 National Preventive Health Awards, Australia’s first-ever national awards program that recognize the healthiest workplaces in the country.

Nominations are now open for the 2013 National Preventive Health Awards, Australia’s first-ever national awards program that recognize the healthiest workplaces in the country.

Developed by the Australian National Preventive Health Agency, the 2013 National Preventive Health Awards aims to showcase programs which encourage and inspire healthy lifestyles at work and offer cash prizes up to $15,000.HealthyLG

The new Awards program provides an opportunity to highlight the vital issue of health and well-being in the workplace. In Australia, around 11 million people spend half their waking lives at work. Health and well-being programs can cover a broad spectrum of areas, from nutrition to physical activity, team sports, stress management and stop smoking initiatives.

Supporting good health through the workplace has benefits for both employees and business owners. It is well-documented that effective well-being programs can reduce sickness and absenteeism, improve team morale, strengthen teamwork and create more dynamic workers – increasing productivity in the process.

The Awards are open to government and non-government organisations, not- for-profit associations and business. Winners are eligible for cash prizes across three award categories:

  • Team Excellence in Workplace Well-being – small workplace (one to 19 workers) - $5,000.
  • Team Excellence in Workplace Well-being – medium workplace (20 to 199 workers) - $10,000.
  • Team Excellence in Workplace Well-being – large workplace (200+ workers) - $15,000.

Judging will be based on the targeting of programs, leadership and commitment, engagement of workers, evaluation and outcomes. Nominations close 15 April 2013 and entry is free. Finalists will be announced on May 20, with the Awards ceremony to be held in July (exact date TBC). To enter online and for more information visit www.anpha.gov.au. For a health program checklist for your businesses visit www.healthyworkers.gov.au.

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