Activity Ideas and Kits – Preventing Chronic Disease

Help Employees Tackle Fatigue

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health Safety has a resources that you can share with your employees that will help them identify whether or not they are dealing with the effects of fatigue and what they can do to make it better.  There is a webpage full of information and a short 4 minute podcast [...]

“Work With Us” – A Program to Support Employees with Depression and/or Arthritis

The Mood Disorders Society of Canada and the Arthritis Society have teamed up to create a program to support employees living with depression and/or arthritis.  The program offers a variety of ways in which to get involved–customized presentations, on-line support, videos and webinars and other downloadable resources.  For more information visit their website. Source: Peterborough [...]

Sun Safety for Golfers

Do you have avid golfers in your workplace.  If you do, you will know!  While they get outside to mix a little comraderie with exercise (a great boost for mental health), encourage them to be sun safe.  Here is a Poster that you can place around the workplace for employees to see. Source: Peterborough County-City Health Unit

Educate Your Employees about the Dangers of Tanning

In July 2009, the World Health Organization categorized tanning equipment as a known carcinogen, as dangerous to health as smoking and asbestos.  Exposure to UV radiation from indoor tanning beds before 35 years of age increases the possibility of developing melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer, by 75%. This is especially alarming since [...]

Encourage Employees to Walk While They Work

Recent research shows that sitting for long periods of time is bad for our health.  If you organization is a “sitting” workplace–sitting at computers and sitting in meetings–encourage employees to move while they work.  Promote walking meetings, standing up while using the phone, and walking over to speak with co-workers rather than phoning or e-mailing. These are small changes but every [...]

Shifting Gears Challenge

Every May, workplaces in the Peterborough area are encouraged to participate in the Shifting Gears Challenge.   This year, the challenge has expanded to be a community challenge and there is still a workplace component.  The idea is to get as many employees signed up as possible and for the month of May, they walk, cycle, [...]

Reveal the Nutritional Value of Vending Machine Snacks

Some people will make different food choices if they know the nutritional content of the food.  The nutrition label on the food items in vending machines are not usually visible so reproduce the nutrition labels and post them near the machine.  Suggest alternative healthy items, and if possible, make them available to employees.  For example, provide a fruit [...]

Skin Cancer Awareness

Skin cancer can effect anyone but outdoor workers are especially vulnerable.  Remind employees to take precautions by applying sun screen, wearing long sleeves, a hat and sunglasses when possible and seeking shade breaks.  Support employees by providing them with sun screen and shade tents, umbrellas or canopies. Source:  Peterborough County-City Health Unit

Eat Well, Be Active (Kit)

Health Canada has produced two great resources that walk you through healthy eating  and physical activity information.  There are step by step instructions on how you can facilitate this in different settings.  See the two guides below for more information: Activity Plan #1 (Children and Adults):  Benefits of Eating Well and Being Physically Active Activity [...]

Driven to Quit Challenge

This is a provincial contest that awards those who quit smoking for a minimum period of time the opportunity to enter into a draw to win amazing prizes.  Friends and family members of smokers are encouraged to become a support buddy in “The Challenge” for their chance to win a buddy prize.  For details and [...]

Familiarize Employees with Canada’s Food Guide

Distribute flyers around the workplace that display Canada’s Food Guide: and explain the recommended daily intake of different foods.  Make sure that these flyers are available in and around cafeterias, dining areas, rest areas, and vending machines. Source:  Peterborough County-City Health Unit

His & Hers Health Fair

Organize a Health Fair at your workplace. Invite organizations to provide a display or handouts that introduce employees to the issues related to healthy eating, staying active, and maintaining vitality throughout life. Approach different organizations for resources.  Organizations could include your local Health Unit, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Mental Health Association, Canadian Diabetes Association, or the [...]

Provide Programming that Encourages Responsible Substance Use

Host a seminar or distribute informational materials on low-risk drinking guidelines and tips for appointing a designated driver.  For those who choose not to drink alcohol, post recipes for non-alcoholic “mocktails.”  You can find a number of mocktail recipes at the Peterborough County-City Health Unit website: Source: Brant County Health Unit

Encourage Employees to Rid Themselves—and Their Clothing—of Workplace Chemicals

Employees who work with potentially harmful or infectious substances are advised to shower and change their clothing prior to leaving the workplace.  If no shower or locker facilities are available, employees should transport their soiled clothing in plastic bags, making sure that the clothes do not come in contact with any other garments. Source: Brant [...]

Promoting Heart Attack and Heart Health Awareness

Host a seminar or distribute informational materials on heart health.  Important topics include risk factors for having a heart attack, practical strategies for promoting heart health, and signs and symptoms of heart attack in men and women.  If you have an occupational health nurse, consider holding a blood pressure clinic.  If you don’t have a [...]

Sun Safety

Some employees spend a lot of time outside and it’s important for them to know how to protect themselves from the damaging rays of the sun. Below are a number of great links to quizzes and videos that you can use.   Sunsense Quiz from Canadian Cancer Society   Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA)   [...]

A League of Their Own

Encourage physical activity and athletics among employees by helping to establish workplace sports leagues or walking clubs.  As the employer, you are in a position to take the lead.  Reserve outdoor recreational areas, create rosters, and provide sports equipment.  Just make sure to offer a variety of options for employees of different ages and abilities. [...]

Fast Food Awareness (Kit)

As an additional measure to encourage employees to make healthy food choices and avoid lunches that are high in fat, host an informational seminar on fast food.  Using the resources included below, facilitate a discussion on the nutritional value of fast food and alternative healthy lunch options.  Distribute printed materials on the nutritional value of [...]

Encourage Employees to get their Cholesterol Checked Yearly

Encourage employees to know their numbers (e.g. LDL, HDL, triglycerides) and provide information on the benefits of a diet that is low in cholesterol.  Make healthy recipes available including tasty substitutions for high-cholesterol foods.   Source:  Peterborough County-City Health Unit

Calcium Counts—Encourage Your Employees to Consume the Recommended Amount

Adequate calcium consumption promotes healthy bone growth and helps prevent osteoporosis in later life.  In order to draw employees’ attention, create lunchroom displays advertising over-the-counter calcium supplements and calcium-rich foods.  Samples of recipes that are high in calcium may also prove helpful.  Host a seminar on the prevention of osteoporosis to get employees thinking about [...]

Create an Attractive Placemat for Your Cafeteria Trays

Employees might welcome this creative alternative to the monthly wellness newsletter.  A recyclable placemat could provide a helpful advertising tool for a variety of health topics such as healthy eating strategies, nutritious recipes, and workplace wellness events.   Source:  Peterborough County-City Health Unit

At Work Vegetable Garden

Consider converting any available green space at your workplace into a vegetable garden. Employees can volunteer to plant and care for the garden. Depending on how much is grown and harvested, vegetables can be shared among the staff and/or community neighbours or donated to the local food bank or shelter.  If a garden plot is not available, [...]

Start a Walking Club

Organize a group of employees to meet at a predetermined time and location everyday (before or after work, over lunch or during breaks) and go for a walk.  Map out 15 and 30 minute routes so staff can complete the route during their breaks.   If feasible, provide lockers and showers on site to encourage employees to be active. Supply [...]

Spring Training

Sometimes what holds people back from trying a new sport or activity is the cost and commitment when you don’t know if you will even like it.  Host a free introductory session at work where employees can try something new.  See if there are any employees who have training in an activity (e.g., T’ai Chi, pilates, [...]

How Much is in a Portion?

Host an activity in which employees must select the appropriate serving sizes of a variety of different foods.  The employee who selects the most correct serving sizes wins.  Encourage employees to use Canada’s Food Guide to determine appropriate serving sizes. Follow up this activity with a seminar on appropriate portion sizes and the importance of [...]

Feature Interactive Displays or Bulletin Boards in High-Traffic Areas

Colorful and attractive displays on nutrition and heathy eating easily draw the attention of employees.  Create posters or bulletin boards that advertise healthier  meal choices, healthy tips for food preparation, and favourite healthy recipes.  The same strategy can be used for many other topics including being active, being smoke free, responsible drinking, reducing stress, shiftwork, [...]

Encourage Employees to Exercise—Even When Sitting at Their Desks

Host a seminar on “Deskercise,” a series of stretching exercises that employees can call upon while working to reduce the strain caused by sitting and typing for extended periods of time.  Some examples include neck rolls, shoulder shrugs, stomach squeezes, hip twisters, wrist curls and yawning.  Challenge employees to keep a log of how many [...]

Establish a Workplace Walking Route

As a strategy to encourage employees to take walking breaks, map a 10-minute walking route that explores the streets and landmarks around your workplace.  Advertise the route to interested employees using posters and maps.  As a fitness and promotional activity, host team walking challenges along the route. Source: County of Lambton, Community Health Services Department

Healthy Recipe Contest (Kit)

A healthy recipe contest  promotes employees to cook appetizing  and healthy meals.  Participants are encouraged to submit their favorite  healthy recipe to activity coordinators, who will then judge each recipe based on its nutritional value, inventiveness, and taste.  The employee who has submitted the most mouth-watering  healthy meal is declared the winner.  Following the contest, [...]

Healthy Eating Habits, Around the Clock

Encouraging healthy eating during shiftwork can optimize employee health and well-being.  Host a seminar or activity that promotes healthy eating strategies designed especially for shiftworkers.  Programming should emphasize the value of three meals per day, healthy snacks, foods that are mild in flavor and easy to digest, and plenty of fluids.  If possible, suggest that [...]