News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Active Workplace Programme transforms staff

Subject: Active Workplace Programme transforms staff


Medical staff in the Far North have had an extra spring to their step since becoming the first within the Northland DHB to take part in Active Workplace.

Kaitaia Hospital and the Far North Mental Health and Addiction Services officially launched their Active Workplace yesterday, although it kicked off in October.

The programme is guided and supported by Sport Northland, with a mission and goal of “active workplace, healthy staff and healthy patients”. Active Workplace involves staff members undertaking on-site gym sessions, various aerobic, fitness and relaxation classes and team participation in local multi-sport events, to name a few.

Upon its conception, one of the co-ordinator’s Suzie Edwards said it looked a daunting task. However, the heads’ of departments rallying together, combined with staff participation had culminated in its success to date.

Kaitaia Hospital and Far North Mental Health Services operational manager, and one of the project leads, Neta Smith agrees: “It has been absolutely successful. There’s just been a buzz throughout the departments and there’s no cost – just time.”

The official launch of Active Workplace was celebrated on Thursday with a karakia, healthy shared lunch, raffles, quizzes and prizes. Speakers included Sport Northland representatives, along with the organisers of the programme. A Northland rep for the Ki-O-Rahi World Champs, and a samurai sword expert gave demos and motivational speeches.

Joining the gathering via video conference was Northland DHB chief executive Dr Nick Chamberlain, who praised the Far North staff for being the first to take on the “fantastic initiative”.

“You are one of the jewels in our crown and have a fantastic culture,” he said of the Far North Northland DHB staff. If you’re healthy, you are more engaged in what you’re doing and, therefore, more productive. If you’re involved (in Active Workplace) you cannot help but get caught up in it and I’m hoping other hospitals will jump on board.”


The heads’ of departments plan a monthly calendar of events which is distributed to staff.

Events include on-site gym classes such as Zumba, boxing, circuit and step aerobics, as well as relaxation and stress-release classes. The calendar also includes team participation in half marathons and bike riding events.

In addition to exercise, healthy eating is promoted and a garden has been established to provide healthy produce for sub-acute mental health clients, their families and staff.

Sport Northland rep Sharon Adams said staff members have undergone some amazing changes and transformed themselves.

“It’s just phenomenal what you have already started. I really commend you in starting with Active Workplace.”

Success stories from those participating include a 25kg weight loss and a formerly overweight staff member becoming the programme’s Zumba instructor.

Ms Smith said it was about making small changes and becoming actively smarter.

“I’m really impressed with the way staff have embraced it. They’ve taken it on and run with it.”

# Sport Northland Active Workplace Programme
The Sport Northland Active Workplace Programme can work with your workplace to help inject more physical activity through an interactive 12-month plan.
Promoting physical activity in and around the workplace is simple and inexpensive. Workplaces benefit from having active employees who are happy, healthy and lead a more balanced lifestyle.
It is estimated that individuals spend up to 60 per cent of their waking hours at work (Peersman, Harden and Oliver, 1998); therefore the workplace provides individuals with a significant potential setting for physical activity.
The Active Workplace Programme is designed around what you and your colleagues can do as part of your workplace to help create a healthier environment for staff.
The main areas of focus include anything from looking at the workplaces’ physical environment, initiatives to help modify staff behaviour, the workplaces’ policies and practices, and, of course, the fun things that help improve staff morale and cohesiveness. The Active Workplace programme addresses the problems of high drop-out and poor intervention maintenance by working with the workplace to create a 12-month plan that allows for opportunities to modify the intervention so that it can be improved upon. This allows flexibility in the intervention to change / evolve as necessary to sustain the plan.


-Ends-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Review: Howard Davis On Olivier Assayas' 'Personal Shopper'

Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper is stylish, mysterious, and very strange indeed. It manages to be both ghost story and suspense thriller, yet also a portrait of numbed loneliness and ennui , held together by an peculiarly inexpressive performance from ... More>>

Howard Davis: Never Too Old To Rock & Roll - Jethro Tull

As Greil Marcus recently observed in an NYRB review of Robbie Robertson's autobiographical Testimony, in rock and roll there is always an origin story. In the case of Jethro Tull founder Ian Anderson, he claims to have been influenced by his father's big band and jazz record collections and the emergence of rock music in the 1950s, but became disenchanted with the "show biz" style of early US stars like Elvis Presley... More>>

October: Alice Cooper Returns To NZ

It was March 1977 when Alice Cooper undertook his first ever concert tour of New Zealand – and broke attendance records. 40 years on and this revered entertainer continues to surprise and exude danger at every turn, thrilling audiences globally! More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: The Contemporary Relevance Of Denial

Denial has all the hallmarks of a riveting courtroom drama. Based on a 1996 British libel case that author David Irving brought against Lipstadt, the movie has been criticized as flat and stagey, but it nonetheless conveys a visceral clarity of vision and sense of overwhelming urgency. More>>

Obituary: John Clarke Dies Aged 68

Andrew Little: “I grew up with Fred Dagg and I am devastated by John Clarke’s death. He taught us to laugh at ourselves and more importantly laugh at our politicians.” More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis: Colin McCahon's 'on Going Out With The Tide'

Curated by Wystan Curnow and Robert Leonard, On Going Out with the Tide features major works that have been assembled from public and private collections across New Zealand and Australia. It focusses on McCahon’s evolving engagement with Māori subjects and themes, ranging from early treatments of koru imagery to later history paintings which refer to Māori prophets and investigate land-rights issues. More>>

Howard Davis: Rodger Fox Gets Out The Funk

By now a living New Zealand legend, band leader and trombonist Rodger Fox has performed with some of the biggest names in the jazz business, including Louie Bellson, Bill Reichenbach, Chuck Findley, Randy Crawford, Bobby Shew, Lanny Morgan, Bruce Paulson, Diane Schuur, Arturo Sandoval, David Clayton-Thomas, and Joe Williams, to name only a few. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news