Victoria County Workplace Wellness Network


Victoria County Workplace Wellness Network – Benefiting Residents in the workplace

Guide to Walking Meetings

See this April 2016 article from Every Body Walk! which describes benefits, considerations and ideas for walking meetings.  It includes a related Ted Talk video.

Video From Dr. Mike Evans and ParticipACTION’s UpnGo highlights the relationship between physical activity and wellbeing and productivity.
This video explains the science behind how sitting less and moving more throughout the day can lead to increased productivity at work. It also touches on why adding physical activity into your workday will help you feel energized, awake, and even happier.
Dr. Mike Evans is a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine. He is a Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and has an endowed Chair in Patient Engagement in Child Nutrition at the University of Toronto.


Victoria County Workplace Wellness Network Luncheons Held

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Workplaces in Victoria County attended Victoria County Workplace Wellness Network Luncheons on May 5 (Community Centre in Baddeck) & May 12 (Ski Cape Smokey Lodge).

The FREE event was organized by Naturally Active Victoria County as part of the Municipal Physical Activity Strategy in Partnership with Public Health Services-Nova Scotia Health Authority and Heart & Stroke Foundation.

It was a Lunch & Learn to network and to learn more on having resident employees living an active & healthy lifestyle in the workplace. It consisted of Information sharing including presentations by Naturally Active (Municipal Pilot: Committee, Plan, Policy, Initiatives, Subsidization, etc.), Aron Ashton, Public Health Educator-Public Health Services for the NS Health Authority, Claire MacLean NS Heart & Stroke, along with  Chef George Smith & Dietician Debbie MacLean were on hand for their “Eat Drink & Be Healthy” Session including preparation of a healthy lunch for all in attendance.

The goal of the Luncheons was creating a healthy “Workplace Wellness” Network in Victoria County by supporting employers and their employees.


11 am                    Presentations

-Naturally Active Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy (Vince F.)

-Heart & Stroke Walkabout (Claire MacLean)

-CBDHA – Healthy Communities (Aron Ashton)

12:15 pm              “Eat Drink and Be Healthy” – Lunch

12:30 pm              Victoria County Workplace Wellness model (Vince F.)

12:50                     Actions

1:00 pm                Wrap-up at 1 pm


– To improve the overall health of Workplace Organizations and the well-being of their Employees and Families

– A Workplace Policy aims to increase the overall health-levels of our employees, and improved quality of life

– Healthy employees suffer fewer health-related injuries and are less-frequently ill and live longer with a higher quality of life

Workplace Wellness ‘being healthy starts in the workplace” and a Workplace Wellness Action Plan is an Evidence-based approached for a healthier, active and productive workplace.

Physical Activity Got International Spotlight (May 2004) – World Health Assembly adopted the WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity & Health United Nations General Assembly (September 16, 2011) Resolution adopted to rally the world toward addressing non-communicable disease epidemic humans face. Inactivity “Should be considered a pandemic”. It has caused around one in 10 deaths globally, which is comparable to the effects of smoking. 1st time in history: Global Health Policy included specific physical activity solutions. As part of the Whole of Government and Whole of Society approach recommended by the resolution, physical activity solutions included Workplace Health Promotion Programs.

Almost half of Victoria County residents (47%) are Physically Inactive (Community Health Assessment: “Understanding Our Health” telephone survey – Victoria County Community Health Board)

Vision – To work towards creating a workplace that allows and encourages employees to reach and maintain their optimal level of health -Collaboration -Building Capacity -Policies -Managerial Support -Active Workplace Committees -Shared best practices

Mission – All employees working together to adopt an active & healthy lifestyle in the workplace and at home to achieve personal and group goals leading to other workplace participation within Victoria County.

By encouraging and supporting employees employers can help to improve employee health and therefore benefit from employees that are healthy and productive.

-Healthier & happier workplace

-Employees benefitting physically, mentally, socially & environmentally -Reduction in personal health care expenses -Improved health & well-being -Increased cohesiveness, morale & job satisfaction, leading to positive attitude -Decreased absenteeism, less injuries -Increased productivity -Fewer insurance & workers’ compensation claims-Re-invest with return to work around wellness -Better retention & recruiting -Enhanced business reputation -Not only does the workplace affect the well-being of the worker, but the health of the worker affects the success of the organization

Workplace Wellness Committee Undertakes

– Support Employee Participation

– Improve Access to Healthier Foods in the Workplace v Reduce & Manage Stress in the Workplace v Support Healthy Lifestyles v Facilitate Wellness through Education v Increase morale & participation v Prepare a budget

In addition to improving health, communities that invest in physical activity policies & programs can:

-Save money on health care and transport services -Have more productive citizens & workers -Be more live able and attractive to residents, employers and visitors -Have less air and noise pollution and better access to green spaces -Enhance neighborhood revitalization, social cohesion and community identity; and expand social networks.

(A healthy city is an active city: a physical activity planning guide, WHO)

Process: A Framework for Creating a Healthy, Active County included in Naturally Active Victoria County (Physical Activity Strategy): Settings-Workplaces, Interventions-Policies, Programs, Plans, Infrastructure, communication

Naturally Active Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy

Goal 6: Policies & Practices Advocate public and private sector interests to adopt policies and procedures governing the design of infrastructure and the delivery of services that supports physical activity and healthy eating – This goal captures interventions based on policy and practice. These affect workplace policies.

Objective 2.2, Action 2: Partner with CBDHA’s Strategic Plan (2011-16) building awareness, a stronger and healthier Cape Breton working with communities to make healthier choices together c. Healthy Workplace: Ensure Workplace Programs meet goals, focusing on Workplace culture and support environment and healthy lifestyles

Objective 6.3: Advocate for Workplace Wellness Programs & Policies (UN declaration Action 1. Engage employers to ensure active living has a prominent role in the workplace a. MCOV Employees will be mentors, inspiring other workplaces through establishment of committee, action plans, policies, challenges, events, risk assessments, etc.

Action 2 Develop Victoria County Workplace Wellness Healthy Network a. Host Annual Healthy Workplace Wellness Network Luncheons for all existing, new and potential sites (The Toronto Charter for Physical Activity: A Global Call for Action)


“Workplace Wellness Needs More Promoting” – Aron Ashton, Physical Activity Health Educator, Public Health Services, NS Health Authority – Eastern Zone

WalkaboutNew Picture (2)Is your workplace looking for ways to stay active this winter?


Achieving 150 minutes of physical activity each week can be difficult, especially during the winter. 80% of early heart disease and stroke can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity, so get outdoors and get moving!

Did you know…80 per cent of early heart disease and stroke can be prevented by adopting healthy behaviours which include physical activity through walking?

  1. Winter is a wonderful time to walk. Don’t let cold, wind, snow or rain keep you and your friends/coworkers from heading out for a walk.  Contact your Community Health Promotion coordinator by phone or email to tell of your plans or email




WalkaboutNew Picture (2)


1 week challenge Staying hydrated is something MOST people struggle with! I saw this a couple of weeks ago and thought it was great so this morning I made my own jug and would like to CHALLENGE YOU to do the same. Make your jug, take a pic and post it on the wellness facebook page Ready? Are you in?

Steps Taken to Wellness Success in a Workplace may include:










10.) Activities & Resources

11.) Policy

12.) Active Living Subsidization

13.) Sustainability



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