Healthy Workplace Month initiative aims to improve employee wellness

Massage Therapy Canada staff
October 14, 2016
By Massage Therapy Canada staff
More than 2,200 organizations have used Canada's Healthy Workplace Month as a resource hub to launch their workplace wellness initiatives, strategies, and award-winning employer-of-choice performances, according to Excellence Canada, an independent, not-for-profit organization.

"What began 16 years ago as an annual October event for celebration and awareness has evolved into a year-round source of free tools, guides, support, and proven practical approaches to make great changes happen sooner in your workplace," an Excellence Canada statement said.

October is Canada's Healthy Workplace Month, presented by Great-West Life and managed by Excellence Canada.

"As an organization focused on the well-being of Canadians, including our own employees, we're delighted to continue as presenting sponsor of Canada's Healthy Workplace Month," said Stefan Kristjanson, president and COO, Great-West Life. "There are many things each of us can do to be healthy and well at work, and we're proud to align with Excellence Canada to promote this mindset."

Healthy Workplace Month is a time to engage coworkers in new healthy group activities and to share and celebrate past team successes. Excellence Canada encourages organizations to "use that momentum for an energetic start on longer-term plans to continually improve the mental and physical health and safety of all employees, by using the time-tested and effective framework of the Canada Awards for Excellence – Healthy Workplace Standard."

"Creating and sustaining a culture of workplace health and wellness is a shared responsibility and reward," said Allan Ebedes, president and CEO of Excellence Canada. "October has become a nationally recognized month of heightened awareness and initiatives dedicated to the mind, body and spirit. Keeping that going all year-round requires commitment and focus by both management and staff."

Visit Canada's Healthy Workplace Month website to plan your next healthy group activity, learn details of what other organizations are doing, and get the tools you need to lay the foundation of a long-term plan for a safe and healthy workplace. Join now for free as an administrator/coordinator to get added tools and phone coaching.

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