Healthy Families Rotorua has created a Health & Wellness category in the Westpac Rotorua Business Excellence Awards.
Healthy Families Rotorua manager Leanne Morehu says the award is aimed at acknowledging workplaces that encourage, support and promote good nutrition, physical activity, alcohol reduction, and smokefree environments and lifestyles.
“A healthier Rotorua starts in the places where we live, work, learn and play. We want to highlight those businesses who are demonstrating social responsibility in terms of their employees’ health, and who have developed sustainable wellness practices and cultures within their workplaces.”
Mrs Morehu says Healthy Families Rotorua is also looking to connect with businesses who have not yet engaged in a workplace wellness programme.
“The award gives us access to over 600 organisations who are part of the Rotorua Chamber of Commerce. The Health & Wellness criteria will help highlight for those businesses the types of initiatives being undertaken by other local workplaces to prioritise the health and wellbeing of their staff.”
She said examples included nutrition policies, catering guidelines, supporting sensible drinking, installing healthier vending machines, standing desks, encouraging regular breaks, holding walking meetings, and allowing staff time during work hours to exercise.
Mrs Morehu says businesses do not need to be members of the Rotorua Chamber of Commerce to enter.
“Social responsibility is a big part of the Health & Wellness Award criteria because it shows a commitment to the wider community. Small things can result in big gains so businesses should consider the smaller changes they have made that have impacted positively on staff, as well as the bigger organisational changes that have benefited the business.”
“Health and wellness comes in many forms. It’s not just about the business that supplies gym memberships or filtered water for its staff. Health and wellness can also mean taking into account a person’s psychological wellness, social issues they may face, and the wellbeing of their whanau. Staff wellness is about caring for people holistically.”
The Healthy Families Rotorua Health & Wellbeing Award is open to Rotorua businesses of all sizes and from any industry.
The Westpac Rotorua Business Excellence Awards will be held in October and entries close on July 31.
To register your interest, go to www.rotoruachamber.co.nz.
For more information about workplace wellness programmes, email firstname.lastname@example.org.