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Workplace Wellness Past Initiatives

For more information about each wellness initiative, and to access a variety of related resources, click on the topics listed below. New wellness initiatives are no longer produced, however previous initiatives will be available online until January 2019.

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Workplace Wellness Email List

The WTW Workplace Wellness email list provides employers with wellness resources that may be of interest to both employers and employees. Information about upcoming events, as well as opportunities for your workplaces to participate in various community-based social responsibility opportunities (e.g. Heart and Stroke Big Bike, Blood drives, etc.). These resources are designed to support you in delivering workplaces wellness programming, and to assist you in qualifying for the Gord Smith Healthy Workplace and Bike Friendly Awards.

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Workplace Wellness Sample Policies

The following sample policies can be used and adapted to fit the needs of your workplace.

Comprehensive Workplace Wellness Policy

Bike Friendly Workplace Policy

Breastfeeding Friendly Policy.

Take Charge Healthy Eating at Work Policy.

Take Charge Healthy Vending Policy.

Take Charge Meet Smart Policy.

Substance Use Policy.

If you require additional resources, or for assistance in adapting the policy templates, please email cdip@wechu.org or call 519-258-2146 ext. 3200 and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Workplace Wellness Resources by Topic

The following section outlines community resources that are available to support workplace wellness programs and employee health. This list is not comprehensive as there are services available that are not included on this list.

Community Resources

Diabetes Canada – Windsor and District
Diabetes Canada provides education, services, and resources for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes.

WECHU Take Charge Program
The Take Charge Workplace is a program that helps employers create opportunities for their employees to make healthy food and beverage choices by providing planning, implementation, and evaluation support to improve the workplace nutrition environment.

List of Private Practice Registered Dietitians
Upon request, WECHU can provide a list of private practice dietitians who offer workshops and one on one consultations. Email us at cdip@wechu.org


Online Resources

Unlock Food
On UnlockFood.ca you’ll find information on nutrition, food and healthy eating as well as recipes, videos and interactive healthy eating tools. The content is written and reviewed by dietitians using evidence based practice.

Dietitians of Canada
The Dietitians of Canada website offers printable evidence based nutrition resources on a variety of topics. Visit the “Your Health” section to explore their resource library.


Phone Support

Telehealth Ontario
Telehealth is a free confidential service you can call to get health advice or information. For healthy eating questions, direct employees to call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 and follow the prompts to speak to a registered dietitian.

Community Resources

Bike Windsor Essex
Bike Windsor Essex is committed to supporting cycling as a form of active transportation. They offer classes on bike maintenance and repair, and safe cycling. Also available for workplaces, Bike Windsor Essex offers commuter lunch and learns with tips on how to bike safely and ensure your bicycle is in good working order. For more information, visit their website.

County Wide Active Transportation System (CWATS)
CWATS is committed to advocating for more accessible active transportation methods. Visit their website for information about active transportation, trail maps and upcoming events.

Commuter Challenge
The annual commuter challenge takes place from June 3rd to 9th (Canadian Environment Week), and encourages Canadians to leave their cars at home and choose active transportation methods. To learn more visit their website!


Online Resources

ParticipACTION
ParticipACTION is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to help Canadians sit less and move more. Visit their website to take part in their physical activity programs, including UpnGo – designed specifically for workplaces.

Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines
The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiologists develop the Canadian 24-Hour Movement and Activity Guidelines. Visit their website to find the most up to date physical activity and movement guidelines.


Phone Support

211
211 is a helpline and website that provides information on and referrals to Ontario’s community, social, health-related and government services. Dial 2-1-1 to locate services available in your community.

Community Resources

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Windsor-Essex County Branch
CMHA – Windsor-Essex County Branch offers information, resources and services relating to mental illness, mental health and bereavement. To access these resources please call their information and referral line (now Coordinated Access) at 519-973-4435. Note calls are answered by a Crisis staff who will redirect your call. We also provide primary health care, therapy, nutrition support, pain management and health promotion through City Centre Health Care located on site. http://citycentrehealthcare.ca/

CMHA Windsor-Essex also offers wellness workshops and training programs for employers for a fee. Visit their Mental Health Promotion and Training website to learn more.

Family Services Windsor-Essex

Family Services Windsor-Essex helps individuals, couples and families manage life, marriage and family challenges, deal with arising issues and resolve conflicts to live independently in the community. Our qualified counselling staff can help deal with stress, anxiety, depression, anger, loss and grief; along with addiction, sexuality, mental health and workplace wellness issues. Need to Talk? We can help. Call us 1-888-933-1831.


Online Resources

CMHA – Windsor-Essex County Branch
CMHA provides printable information and resources on mental health in daily life. Visit their website to download mental health resources.


Phone Support

ConnexOntario
ConnexOntario provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness or gambling. Call 1-866-531-2600 to access their services.

Community Crisis Centre
The Community Crisis Centre provides 24-hour crisis response services to residents of Windsor and Essex County who are experiencing serious mental illness and/or acute psychosocial problems. Call 519-973-4435 to access their services.

Community Resources

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Windsor-Essex County Branch
CMHA – Windsor-Essex County Branch offers information, resources and services relating to co-occurring mental illness and addiction problems. To access these resources please call their information and referral (now Coordinated Access) line at 519-973-4435. Note this line is answered by a crisis worker and redirected to the appropriate resource person.


Online Resources

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction provides national leadership to address substance use in Canada. Visit their website for resources on alcohol, marijuana, opioids and more.

WECHU Website
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has a list of treatment services available for individuals with alcohol and drug problems. Refer employees to this webpage who are looking for help.

Cannabis and the Workplace
Find printable posters, brochures, and information related to the health effects of non-medical cannabis and how to prepare your workplace for non-medical or medical cannabis use.

Know the Health Effects poster

Canada’s Low-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines brochure

Health Effects of Cannabis brochure

Arrive Alive

  • Order free items to promote driving sober: small car insurance folders, posters, coasters
  • Other resources available such as videos, help with community events

Cannabis Talk Kit - Know How to Talk with your Teen

Impairment and Workplace Health and Safety Guidance
Ontario Ministry of Labour

Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization: Cannabis in the Workplace (p. 32-40)
Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety


Phone Support

ConnexOntario
ConnexOntario provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness or gambling. Call 1-866-531-2600 to access their services.

Community Resources

STOP workshops
WECHU holds group STOP workshops where eligible participants can attend one local session and receive five weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (nicotine patches) and smoking cessation information to help them in their quit attempt. Refer interested employees to this program.


Online Resources

Smokers Helpline
Smokers' Helpline is a free, confidential service operated by the Canadian Cancer Society offering support and information about quitting smoking and tobacco use. Visit their website to order smoking cessation resources, or refer employees seeking assistance to visit their website.


Phone Support

211
211 is a helpline and website that provides information on and referrals to Ontario’s community, social, health-related and government services. Dial 2-1-1 to locate services available in your community.

Community Resources

Luncheon Series
Wellness representatives are invited to attend the WECHU’s annual Luncheon Series each June. Attendees will learn about a timely wellness topic and have the opportunity to network with other like-minded individuals. Visit the Luncheon Series website to learn more and register.

Employee Assistance Programs
Employee assistance programs offer flexible packages to meet the health and wellness needs of your organization. EAPs are designed to help with the resolution of personal issues that affect an individual’s ability to work productively.

Family Services Employee Assistance Program
Family Services Windsor-Essex designs and deliver services that meet the unique needs and concerns of organizations, their employees and family members. Through our Family Services Employee Assistance Program (FSEAP), we enhance the health and effectiveness of the organizations we serve and the communities in which we live. Healthy, happy, and productive employees are the essence of an effective organization. Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) keep organizations, individuals and families functioning at their best. Contact FSEAP for more information about our Employee Assistance Programs at 1-888-720-1212.


Online Resources

Gord Smith Healthy Workplace & Bike Friendly Awards
The Gord Smith Healthy Workplace and Bike Friendly Awards recognize local workplaces that provide comprehensive workplace wellness programming. Visit the website to learn more about the program requirements.

Healthy at Work Webinar Series
The Healthy at Work Webinar Series is a free series of educational webinars are hosted by experts on a variety on health-related topics. They are designed to help build employees’ and employers’ knowledge and skills, and promote health in the workplace and beyond. Visit the Healthy at Work website to view past webinars.

WECHU Online Challenges

WECHU offers 3 online wellness challenges per year on a variety of health and wellness topics. Watch for upcoming challenges.


Phone Support

211
211 is a helpline and website that provides information on and referrals to Ontario’s community, social, health-related and government services. Dial 2-1-1 to locate services available in your community.

For additional inquiries, contact WECHU at
519-258-2146 Ext. 3200