Cool way to health

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS -

SMALL busi­nesses in Northam will munch their way to a health­ier life­style in 2018 by em­brac­ing bet­ter eat­ing and ex­er­cise habits at work.

Wheat­belt Nat­u­ral Re­source Man­age­ment (NRM) is among 12 or­gan­i­sa­tions awarded grants of up to $1000 by Health­ier Work­place WA.

The not-for-profit man­ages agri­cul­ture, forestry and fish­ing re­sources within the Avon River Basin.

NRM em­ploy­ees who spend time on the road man­ag­ing the nat­u­ral re­sources will ben­e­fit from the fund­ing re­cently used to buy new fridges for their ve­hi­cles.

Wheat­belt NRM man­ager Re­becca Palumbo said the grants would en­cour­age health­ier eat­ing habits at work.

“The ve­hi­cle fridges they (staff) will pur­chase with the Health­ier Work­place WA grant means staff will be able to take their lunch, snacks and wa­ter with them as they travel the Wheat­belt and can choose to avoid some less than healthy op­tions on the road,” she said.

Health­ier Work­place WA, run by the Heart Foun­da­tion in part­ner­ship with Cancer Coun­cil, will also pro­vide ad­vis­ers to help the awarded busi­nesses im­ple­ment a work­place health pro­gram tai­lored for their em­ploy­ees.

An­other busi­ness to ben­e­fit from the fund­ing is Mitre 10 in Northam.

Store man­ager Shayne Lucy said the grant would help build in­ter­nal re­la­tion­ships at a time of higher than ex­pected pres­sure for work­ers with day-to-day liv­ing.

They would cre­ate a health­ier en­vi­ron­ment through ex­er­cise, yoga, ed­u­ca­tion and team bond­ing.

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