HEALTHY WORKPLACE AWARDS
The Elgin St. Thomas Public Health Unit (ESTPHU) initiated the Health at Work 4 All! program to promote a culture of health in workplaces. Born from that program are the Healthy Workplace Awards, a celebration of employers and employees who have taken actions to make their workplaces healthier environments. As a strong supporter of healthy workplaces, EBRC partnered with ESTPHU in 2014 to administer these awards. Each year, local businesses are encouraged to submit their applications outlining their efforts in the areas of health and safety, healthy lifestyles, workplace culture, and being green and being involved. Awards are presented to selected businesses at EBRC’s Annual General Meeting each June.
Whether you are new to the process or are a past recipient, use the application form as a tool to help you or your committee plan and track your organization’s progress toward a healthier workplace. As you implement initiatives, host events, and develop policies (such as walk or bike to work day, staff bowling night, healthy lunch day, stretch breaks from work), keep a binder with pictures and examples. This can be submitted with your application to provide a comprehensive picture of your organization’s efforts. And it’s an enduring reminder for everyone to think healthy. Completed applications are to be submitted to EBRC at 300 South Edgeware Road, St. Thomas, by April 30th each year.