Physical activity reduces the risk of serious chronic illnesses like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Regular physical activity improves blood pressure, cholesterol and cardiovascular fitness and improves mental health in the workplace. Workplaces can support their staff to be physically active by creating an infrastructure and culture that celebrates physical movement and reduces sedentary behaviour.
A healthy diet helps maintain a healthy weight, boost energy, supports the immune system and reduces the risk of chronic disease. A workplace with a healthy eating culture might offer healthy food options in their canteen or vending machines, provide food prep areas and encourage staff to bring healthy lunches.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Improving workplace participation and increasing social inclusion can increase wellbeing and productivity. Mentally healthy workplaces have a positive workplace culture, help staff manage stress, support people with mental health conditions and have a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination.
Alcohol and Other Drug Use
Unhealthy alcohol and drugs use is linked to serious health issues including addiction and cancer, and can affect workplace productivity through absenteeism, lateness, staff turnover, accidents and reduced performance. Alcohol and drug abuse can also affect staff morale and health. A workplace can support healthy alcohol and drug behaviour by having clear policies and providing education opportunities to staff.
Reducing smoking rates among staff and promoting a smokefree workplace helps protect the entire workforce from the harms of tobacco smoke, and can improve staff morale and health. A workplace can support a smokefree environment by having clear policies, education, and resources to help assist smoking cessation.