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Working towards better health
Tuesday 11th December, 2012

WHEN it comes to a healthy attitude to work, businesses in Wigan Borough are leading the way.

And now nine of the front-runners are about to receive special certificates that recognise the fact that they are putting the health of their staff first.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) is supporting the borough's business community in the drive for better health through its Active@Work programme.

The Active@Work team works with businesses, visiting workplaces and offering free health checks and training for 'Workplace Champions'.

The team also puts on health and wellbeing roadshows to inform workers about local health promotion services such as Lose Weight, Feel Great and Health Trainers.

Nine businesses initially signed up to work towards the Active@Work Good Work: Good Heath Chartermark.

To achieve this, they had to prove how they promote healthy eating, physical activity, positive mental health, stopping smoking and other health issues to their staff. Bosses also have to lead by example by demonstrating positive leadership and management, promoting health and safety issues and effective management of attendance at work.

Now, the first nine to take part in the scheme - Heinz, Murphy Group, Wigan & Leigh College, Wigan Council, Ash Hire, Garton Limited, Health First CIC, Dr Russell & Kumar Practice and Pure People Limited – have fulfilled the criteria and are ready to receive the charter.

They will be presented with the awards at a series of special ceremonies on Wednesday 12, Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 December.

In congratulating the winners, Dr Ardern, Executive Director of Public Health for Wigan Borough, said that she hoped the programme would make businesses realise that healthy staff are more productive.

“It is necessary to ensure that employers and employees recognise not only the importance of preventing ill-health, but also the key role the workplaces can play in promoting health and wellbeing.” Dr. Ardern said. “The positive impact that this programme has on individuals’ lives, as well as on the local economy is vital for the borough; and this can only be achieved with the support and involvement from our local businesses community.”

And it doesn't end there, because at least 40 local firms have signed up for the programme and are going to working towards the charter in 2013.

Businesses interested in taking part in this free programme, can contact the Active@Work team on 01942 828587, or e-mail: activeliving@wlct.org

For more information on this and other programmes, visit: www.getactivewiganandleigh.co.uk

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