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October is Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month


September 25, 2008
By Maria DiDanieli

September 25, Hamilton, Ontario – Canada's Healthy Workplace Month, a celebration by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, is meant to encourage workplaces and employees
to work together to create healthier workplaces, and build a culture of
trust and respect in which people are happy and healthy at work – and
want to come to work!

From September 29 to October 26, you and your organization are invited
to participate in the many activities that are offered and to take the
workplace challenge – a fun, friendly competition against others across
Canada.

Why should you get involved? Because, simply put,
everyone benefits from a healthy workplace. When workplace health
systems provide support on physical, social, personal and developmental
levels, workers feel valued, respected and satisfied – and are likely
to be more productive and committed to their jobs. When the workplace
is unsafe, stressful or unhealthy, both the organization and its
employees suffer.

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Sign up for the free webinar

Gather in your meeting rooms and take the free webinar offered by CCOHS – Journey to a Healthier Workplace.
(visit www.healthyworkplacemonth.ca for full details.)

Join Karen Jackson of Trillium Health Centre, and Allan Smofsky, Chair
of the Canadian Healthy Workplace Council, for this inspiring hour during which you will learn about strategies you can use, and steps you can take to help create a
healthy workplace culture in your own organization.

The one hour presentation will be webcast live
Tuesday, October 21 at 1:00 PM EDT.
If you miss the live webcast, you can view the recorded webinar at your convenience.

Put Your Workplace to the Test – Take the Healthy Workplace Challenge
Get your workplace moving, motivated and on the way to wellness. Each
week's challenge highlights a different aspect of a healthy workplace.
See how your organization measures up against others across Canada.

  • Week 1: Fit at Work – Challenge your employees to increase their physical activity levels.
  • Week 2: Healthy Culture at Work – Assess your workplace culture.
  • Week 3: Green at Work – How environmentally friendly is your organization?
  • Week 4: Keep it Going All Year Round – Share a story, complete an assessment, and keep the momentum going.

"We
hope that employers and employees will take advantage of the challenges
and activities each week of the Month", said Allan Ebedes, President
& CEO at the National Quality Institute, an operating partner for
Healthy Workplace Month. "Experiencing the joy and sense of well being
from this celebration will hopefully encourage workplaces to sustain a
healthy workplace strategy all year round."

Learn more about the Healthy Workplace Challenge and register your organization online now at www.healthyworkplacemonth.ca.