Local employer Iluka Resources make workplace health and well being a priority! The Hamilton Iluka site encourages staff members to increase physical activity during and outside of work hours through a number of innovative incentives! Sit-stand workstations - employees are encouraged to break up long periods of sitting by standing during meetings and utilising sit-stand workstations to reap health benefits, including a decreased risk of chronic disease. Annual Team Pedometer Challenge - The Iluka Team Walk challenge has been running for 7 years for 6-8 weeks duration over the winter months, when activity levels generally decrease. Both incidental and deliberate exercise count toward the challenge and step conversions are made for activities such as swimming and cycling. Everyone across the company is invited to participate, from employees to contractors, irrespective of fitness level. The 2015 challenge attracted 200 participants! Participation in healthy local activities - employees are informed about upcoming fun runs and other active events, including the Vitality fun run, Relay for Life, Mosaic to Mountain Fun Run and the Serra Terror. Often Iluka sponsors these events or makes a donation for every staff member that registers. Other health and well being initiatives in place at Iluka include; provision of fruit, flu vaccinations, skin checks and toolbox presentations on health topics including hydration and skin cancer awareness. Do you have an idea for action in the workplace that will better enable physical activity and/or healthy food choice?  Click Take Action and let us know about it!

Western District Health Service is taking a stand and discontinuing the sale of sugary drinks to make the healthier choice the easier choice There will no longer be any sugary drinks or soft drinks sold in cafeterias or vending machines across all WDHS campuses. As the first hospital in Victoria to implement this policy, WDHS is acting as a national leader in addressing our growing obesity problem. With more than two thirds of the Australian population overweight or obese it is necessary for organisations to implement these compelling policies. WDHS Chief Executive Officer Rohan Fitzgerald explains, “As a health promoting organisation, we felt it is very important that we take the next step so that we could support people in terms of understanding some of the implications of their decision making.” WDHS is a valued contributor to the GenR8 Change movement, and by making this change they provide an excellent example as to how the healthy choice can be made the easy choice.  The GenR8 Change movement is all about collaborating as a community to create sustainable change throughout the Southern Grampians. It involves generating solutions to the obesity problem that we can ALL be accountable for!  For further details, you can read the full story that appeared in the Hamilton Spectator on November 28: WDHS helping people rethink sugary drinks If you're part of the action making the healthy choice the easy choice, we'd love to hear about it and share your story. Click Take Action to let us know what is happening.