Victoria County AMANS Workplace Wellness Report 2015 – 2016
Is your workplace looking for ways to stay active this winter?
Heart Month (February 1 – 29, 2016) Winter Walk Challenge Held
February 1 – 29, 2016 – February is “Heart Month”
Achieving 150 minutes of physical activity each week can be difficult, especially during the winter. So why not participate in the Heart & Stroke Walkabout™ Winter Walk Challenge 2016? 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?
How does the Winter Walk Challenge work?
Make a commitment to get a total 150 minutes of walking each week in February. . Walk, cross country ski, hike, and snowshoe or choose any form of physical activity you wish. Remember increments of 10 minutes count towards your weekly goal of 150 minutes. Each team must walk at least one time each week in February.
Are you up for the challenge? Where will walking take you?
Claire Mac Lean – Community Health Promotion Coordinator – Eastern Region
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Nova Scotia; Park Lane – Mall Level 3, 5657 Spring Garden Road, Box 245, Halifax, NS B3J 3R4
Phone: 902-334-1137 | Fax: 902 492-1464 | E-mail email@example.com
AMANS Winter Challenge 2016 Held
Many of us find it difficult to get motivated to get moving in the winter months! AMANS have created a 10 week winter wellness challenge that will run from February 1st– April 8th. In order to win a ballot into the prize draw ($150.00 towards something that would help you get physically active), you will need to do 20 minutes of physical activity! The challenge will take place from Monday to Friday.
How it works? – Participants are encouraged to document their activity and the duration (an online tracking sheet will be provided a couple days before the challenge starts). At the end of each week, I will review the online tracking sheet and put the employees names into the draw. ONLY ONE BALLOT PER DAY. I anticipate questions around what can be counted as physical activity, therefore I will be presenting a very brief webinar on Thursday January 28th at 9-9:30. At this time I will also answer any questions you may have. CLICK HERE ( https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ScjBKu6pCOh0WNeGahaKEtnjXIar3VVtixMKoMi6Exs/edit?usp=sharing ) to sign up for the challenge
Rebecca Kolstee | Municipal Wellness Coordinator, Association of Municipal Administrators, NS, 1106 – 1809 Barrington St. Halifax, NS B3J 3K8 T: (902)240-1857 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | W: www.amans.ca | AMANS/UNSM Wellness Program: Healthy Active employees and elected officials thriving in healthy work environments
Workplace Wellness Committee Snowshoes (Old horse track, Baddeck) & Skates (Neil’s Harbour New Haven Outdoor Fun Centre) After Jan. 20, 2016 Monthly Meeting:
Municipal Staff & Council Enjoy Skating & Healthy Potluck – Dec. 17, 2015
Municipality of Victoria County Receives Gold Workplace Wellness Award at AMANS Conference
“Municipality of the County of Victoria received a GOLD AWARD and had the highest number of award points for their outstanding health and wellness accomplishments (Municipal Wellness Awards 2015). One of their greatest accomplishments over the past years has been the approval of their Employee Active Living Subsidization Program”
Congratulations! The Municipality of Victoria County received a Gold Workplace Wellness Award, presented at the AMANS 2015 Conference. The award ceremony took place October 13th during the Wellness Luncheon sponsored by Morneau Shepell. CAO Sandy Hudson received the wellness plaque on behalf of the Municipality of Victoria County.
The Municipality of Victoria County received the Gold award for their ongoing commitment in enhancing the health and wellness of their employees and elected officials. Over the past year, the Municipality of Victoria County has focused their attention on creating supportive environments to enhance the health and wellness of employees. Victoria County has created a subsidization program that provides staff with financial incentives towards memberships and programs up to 50% or $400.00 per year (200 by municipality and 200 by staff, council).
Municipal Workplace Wellness Program Testimonials:
“Excellent job! Your efforts deserve to be commended. Good on you” (It’s Official – Municipality of Victoria County to Receive Gold Workplace Wellness Award at Upcoming AMANS Conference) – Robin Stuart (Oct 5, 2015)
“This is awesome news! A job well done and an award well deserved. Yet another feather in the proverbial cap that is Victoria County! Again, well done to you all!” (It’s Official – Municipality of Victoria County to Receive Gold Workplace Wellness Award at Upcoming AMANS Conference) – Aron Ashton, Public Health Services Physical Educator (Oct. 6, 2015)
“Way to go!! Congratulations” (Municipality of Victoria County to Receive GOLD Workplace Wellness Award @ AMANS Conference 2015) – Eileen Woodford, Physical Activity Partnership Chair & Director of Rural Health (Oct. 10, 2015)
“Congratulations! Hard work does pay off! Will get this in the next issue” (Victoria County to receive GOLD Building a Healthy You Municipal Wellness Award 2015) – Jim Morrow, Victoria Standard (Sept. 25, 2015)
“Once again, the Municipality of the County of Victoria raising the bar – not just here in Cape Breton, but province-wide. Congratulations” (It’s Official – Municipality of Victoria County to Receive Gold Workplace Wellness Award at Upcoming AMANS Conference) – Larry Maxwell, Regional Representative – Cape Breton, Active Living Branch NS Department of Health and Wellness (Oct. 6, 2015)
AMANS FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/groups/amanswellness/
AMANS Calendar 2016
Municipal Employees Active Living Subsidization Program 2015-16
The Active Living Subsidization Program is a proactive approach to the health of our employees, recognizing that physical activity, healthy eating and mental health are intertwined to achieve overall wellness.
Please fill out the attached application and submit to the Health & Wellness Committee ( Finance Manager
Active Living Subsidization Program Presentation to Council WPWActiveLivingSubsidizationProgra,CouncilMarch92015
Workplace Wellness Policy Presentation to Council
Participation Registration Form
Action Plan 2012-17
Action Plan Summary
Workplace Wellness Tied to the Naturally Active Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy (Est. 2011):
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 www.un.org/en/ga/ncdmeeting2011) 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)
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.