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Health and Wellbeing - November 2011

02 Nov 2011

Good health is good for business

WorkSafe Victoria hosted a Work Safe week last month, providing the latest news and innovations to make the workplace a safer and healthier place. There was a strong focus on encouraging employers to incorporate health programs into the workplace in order to benefit workers and achieve business success.   

The health of employees plays a major part in overall business performance with workers spending approximately a third of their lives at work. The workplace is a great opportunity to promote a healthy lifestyle and employees will appreciate an organization that fosters team building and staff wellbeing.

A report by Wesley Corporate Health (Future@Work Health Report, 2006) states that productivity gains of up to 15 per cent can be achieved by upgrading the workplace environment.

Research from Medibank Private found that absenteeism due to sickness was costing Australian businesses $7 billion annually, or roughly $1000 per employee per year.      

WorkSafe offers grants to assist medium to large businesses to support health and their workers upon receiving health checks. Visit the WorkSafe website for eligiblity.  

Wellness in the City

Give your body (and mind) a break with Wellness in the City; Summer Series.

This month, Docklands will be treated to outdoor yoga, pilates and tai chi sessions at Waterfront City. Wellness in the City; Summer Series is a free community activity held during lunchtime over spring and summer to encourage residents and city workers to embrace a healthier lifestyle.

Although most people may say that there’s not much to low-intensity activities, the movements and positions do provide a challenging experience and will increase muscle strength, while the breathing and meditation techniques will help refresh the body and refocus the mind.

Wellness in the City will deliver benefits to people of all fitness levels and abilities. Participants will experience exercises that are known to assist with posture and ease back pain which is particularly common with most corporate workers.  

Locations and dates:

12 noon - November 24, Waterfront City Piazza Docklands
12 noon - February 23, 2012, Federation Square
12 noon - March 29, 2012,  Waterfront City Piazza Docklands

City Soccer victory win for NAB

City Soccer was the first competition to launch the annual Sports Cup held at Flagstaff Gardens where workplaces from Docklands and the Melbourne CBD took part in an afternoon round-robin competition on Friday, October 14.

Team Red Star Melgrade from NAB (pictured left) took home the title as the first team to win the tournament. After being defeated by Porsche Cars Australia in the first round 4-0, NAB came back to win the close grand final defeating them 1-0.

Commencing at 3pm, the City Soccer tournament provided a unique opportunity for workplaces to finish up at the office early and take part in a productive team-building activity during work hours.   

Active Melbourne City Sports will deliver the Sports Cup event to the Docklands next year with plans to include a wider range of sports depending on demand and venue availability.

Workplaces can register for upcoming events and programs by visiting http://www.melbournecitysports.ymca.org.au

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