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Powell Media Release – Workplaces to get a healthy funding boost (11 March 2014)

Glass House businesses that think outside the lunchbox and promote a better lifestyle for their workers are eligible for a share of $1.4m in grants under the Working for Wellness Program.

 Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said the funding program encourages businesses to develop ways to make their workplaces healthier and happier.

 “A healthy workplace benefits everyone, as healthier workers are not only three times more productive, their quality of life is improved at home too,” Mr Powell said.

 “Safety in the workplace doesn’t just mean injury prevention, as it’s also about promoting healthy diet choices and physical exercise to reduce the risk of chronic disease.

 “Australian businesses lose an estimated $6.4 billion annually through loss in worker productivity as a result of obesity.

 “Smoking, drinking and poor diet have clear links to absenteeism, low morale and increased workers compensation premiums.

 “Local businesses can receive up to $75 000 in funding from one of five categories of funding available.

 “They are about encouraging healthy habits and have funded more than 500 workplaces, giving around 33,000 workers the opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing.

 “This program caters for a range of workplaces, from those just starting out on their wellness journey to those looking to improve an already established wellness program.

 “Applications for the grants are now open and I encourage all local businesses to take advantage of the opportunity to encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce the risk of chronic illness.”

 Applications for funding close on April 7. For more information, visit  or call the WHS Infoline on 1300 369 915. 

 ENDS- 11 March 2014

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