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Thursday, October 18, 2018  | 10:00 a.m. | Windsor-Essex County


The Gord Smith Healthy Workplace Awards annually recognizes workplaces in Windsor & Essex County who commit to improving employee health through comprehensive workplace wellness programs. This year, 25 local workplaces received Healthy Workplace Awards for their extraordinary commitment to the health and well-being of their employees. Seven workplaces were also recognized for their efforts to promote cycling through wellness programs and policies.

In order to receive a Gord Smith Healthy Workplace Award, these local workplaces implemented one or more workplace wellness activities related to healthy eating, smoking cessation, physical activity, or mental health. Activities must be comprehensive and include awareness raising, education, skill building, environmental supports, and policies.

As part of the 2018 awards recognition breakfast, Alicia Chan, a Registered Dietitian at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, provided a keynote presentation called, “Step Up and Take Charge”.  It explored different ways to promote healthy food environments at your organization and to foster a supportive culture of health and well-being. Her focus is on the creation of supportive food environments where we live, work, learn, and play, helping make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Following Alicia’s keynote, Certified Living Wage Employers were recognized with certificates. This year, for the first time, the Living Wage Certification was incorporated into the Gord Smith program, so these Employers were recognized at the breakfast as well.

At the event, the Ontario Student Nutrition Program also hosted a ‘Great Big Crunch’ – where everyone stopped and took a bite out of a locally grown apple. This annual event aims to raise awareness of the importance of student nutrition programs, healthy eating in schools and workplaces, and supporting locally grown produce. This year’s official ‘Great Big Crunch’ takes place today on Thursday, October 18th, 2018.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and the Working Toward Wellness Workplace Wellness Committee proudly honoured the recipients for their outstanding leadership in providing programs and policies that help their employees improve their overall health and well-being. For a complete list of award recipients, please visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit website.

Media Contact:
Communications Department
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
519-258-2146 ext. 6397 (NEWS)
news@wechu.org

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