News Release: Local Workplaces Recognized for Commitment to Employee Health and Wellness
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For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 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, 27 local workplaces received Healthy Workplace Awards for their extraordinary commitment to the health and well-being of their employees. Eight workplaces were also recognized for their efforts to promote and support cycling through wellness programs and policies. For a complete list of award recipients, please visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit website.
In order to receive a Gord Smith Healthy Workplace Award, these local workplaces implemented one or more workplace wellness strategies related to healthy eating, smoking cessation, physical activity, or mental health. Strategies must be comprehensive and include awareness raising, education, skill building, environmental supports, and policies.
As part of the 2019 awards recognition breakfast, Melissa Statham, a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist working at the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) provided a keynote presentation called, “Ergonomics at Work & Beyond”. It provided proactive approaches and strategies to ergonomics that workplaces can apply to reduce the risk of injuries caused by sprains and strains among their employees, as well as how these principles can be applied to everyday life activities beyond the workplace setting.
Following the keynote presentation, Certified Living Wage Employers were recognized. This is the second year that the Living Wage Certification was incorporated into the Gord Smith Healthy Workplace Award program.
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.
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
519-258-2146 ext. 6397 (NEWS)