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Client results - Unlocking the door to higher engagement

By enlisting the services of Health by Design this waste management solutions company has achieved the following great results so far this year:

  • 81% voluntary average monthly engagement (well above industry averages)

  • 81% of employees implementing behavioural actions relating to their main risk area

  • 40% of employees have made a risk range change – ie. Moved from high risk blood pressure to moderate or low risk

  • Improved staff morale

  • Decreased injury risks

  • A reduction of employee health risks through reduced or improved blood pressure, blood glucose, weight management and cholesterol levels

  • Healthier, happier, safer and more productive staff

This ongoing health program has been successful in terms of providing a range of health and injury prevention solutions, specific to the needs of the client. It includes: monthly toolbox talk education sessions, health promotion material, Healthy Heart Screens, health and injury prevention coaching, injury prevention testing and injury prevention material.

As a result of their tailored workplace health program, 81% of employees are making at least one behaviour change relating to their main risk area. This behaviour change represents an employee making a positive, sustained improvement to their health, wellbeing or injury prevention focus area.

Here is a selection of some of the more significant individual positive behaviour changes achieved during the first half of 2018:

  • Since their health screen at the beginning of 2018, two employees at one site have been going to the gym before work in the morning. These employees have both lost over 5cm from their waist so far. They are also keeping each other accountable Monday to Friday with their food intake. They are both ensuring they are increasing their fruit and vegetable snacks and decreasing their daily complex carbohydrate intake. Both employees have set themselves goals for both waist and weight measurements to achieve by the end of the year.

  • Another employee has been diagnosed with high blood pressure, requiring medication for the time being. This high blood pressure reading was picked up during a health assessment by their Health by Design practitioner. This individual has now begun to walk after work, while also decreasing portion sizes. The goal is for this employee to decrease his weight, which could result in a reduction of blood pressure medication and, hopefully, one day being taken off the medication all together.

  • A driver had been suffering from shoulder pain for a significant amount of time when behind the wheel of his truck. Two stretches and two strengthening exercises were given to this employee to decrease the pain which is believed to be due to poor posture when driving. The employee has reported a 50% decrease in pain. The Health by Design practitioner has also referred this employee to assist with further treatment.

These stories are a testament to the impact that a workplace health program can have at your workplace. This is just four lives that have been significantly improved through pain reduction and improved health outcomes. These employees are now happier, healthier, safer and more productive.  

What will your workforce achieve with a Health by Design workplace health program? Contact us today to discuss how we can help your staff achieve high engagement and reduced health and injury risks.

Every single person can be healthier mentally

Every single person can be healthier mentally

Every single person can be healthier mentally.

It takes more than just running a few mental health workshops, or sticking up posters to help your staff, though. And when it comes to employee health and wellbeing, we want to be building people up and giving them strategies to thrive not just trying to prevent poor mental (and physical) health.

We also need to be looking at the whole person if we’re going to help someone become more mentally healthy. Why? Consider this:

  • Depression increases the risk of developing a chronic health condition (ie: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke). It is linked to a 67% increased risk of death from heart disease and 50% increased risk of death from cancer. 
  • Up to 50% of people with diabetes also have depression or anxiety. Depression and anxiety commonly occur in patients following a heart attack, stroke or cancer diagnosis. 

So, what comes first? The chicken or the egg? Or in this case – depression or a chronic illness?Our point is – we need to address the health and needs of the WHOLE person. Poor physical health can lead to an increased risk of experiencing poor mental health outcomes. Similarly, poor mental health can negatively impact on physical health, leading to an increased risk of health conditions.

Food / what we eat is another great example of why we must address physical and mental health together. The state of our mental health can have a big influence on what food we choose to eat, just as the food we eat can hugely influence our mental health:

  • Higher intakes of junk and processed food (high sugar, fat, carbohydrates, artificial flavours, etc) increase your risk of poor mental health. 
  • Low levels of healthy food consumption (vegetables, fruit, legumes, fish, lean red meat) also increase your risk of poor mental health.

You can educate your staff around healthy food choices and lifestyle choices to make but you can’t put rules around what they do and don’t eat! This really highlights the importance of education and awareness. You can’t make a change if you don’t know you should, or if you’re not motivated enough to do so – that’s where we come in!

No matter what type of workforce you manage and what your mental health goals are, we have a program to help. From addressing lifestyle factors to boost mental health and resilience, to improved health and performance or addressing the role of our individual brain chemistry make-up – we’ve got you covered. Contact us today to find out more about what we can offer you and your staff.

Joining the dots: stress, health & injury risk

Joining the dots: stress, health & injury risk

When the physical and psychosocial demands of a worker are greater than their ability to cope with them, they experience stress. While a certain level of stress can be healthy and productive, too much stress can cause a variety of physical, mental and behavioural responses - which increases the risk of poor health outcomes, musculoskeletal disorders and pain.

Client case study

Client case study

What could your workforce achieve with a Health by Design workplace health program?

Client case study

Client case study

We strive to obtain voluntary, monthly engagement in excess of 80% and long term behaviour change of more than 60% in your employees' identified risk areas. This is just one client's story.