Cool way to health
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.