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Active Launceston helps employees get fit

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More employees from northern workplaces are set to increase their physical activity levels with help from Active Launceston.

Active Launceston is a community driven project, coordinated by the University of Tasmania, aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of the Launceston community through increased participation in physical activity.

Active Launceston manager Lucy Byrne said the success of the pilot project had proven the worth of the program and Active Launceston was now keen to work with more organisations.

Overall the pilot Active Workplaces program engaged 46 employees from three different workplaces in 306 hours of physical activity, Mrs Byrne said.
 
Mrs Byrne said in the next part of the program in 2011, McDonald’s as well as two not-for-profit organisations, Family Based Care and Baptcare, would be involved.

McDonalds spokeswoman Sarah Bushby said a large percentage of its staff were studying and therefore had to balance their work commitments with their school and university schedules so they sometimes struggled to find time to focus on health and wellbeing.

“We are really looking forward to working with Active Launceston to get our staff moving,” she said.

Mrs Byrne said there was evidence that the healthiest Australian employees were almost three times more productive.

For example, one of the participating organisations from the 12-week pilot program, St. Lukes Health, had decided to fund the program for its employees, she said.

The Active Workplace program will provide free physical activity sessions for the three successful organisations and will also do a workplace audit to see how supportive both management and the environment are towards staff health and wellbeing.

Please visit the website on www.activelaunceston.com.au or contact them on (03) 6324 4027.

Photo: (Left to right) Fit and Kicking owner Meg Richardson, McDonalds North-West operations manager Jim Magliarditi, Active Launceston manager Lucy Byrne and McDonalds marketing coordinator Sarah Bushby.

Published on: 23 Jun 2011 12:02pm