Department of Health

Healthy Workers Initiative

Healthy Weight

fruit and vegetablesNearly sixty percent of Australian workers are overweight or obese. People who are overweight or obese are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as some cancers, type 2 diabetes and heart disease and are more likely to be absent from work.

Workplace health programs can encourage employees to achieve and maintain a healthy weight by implementing policies and healthy living programs to encourage healthy living, including being physically active and eating healthy food.

Look at the case study for King & Wood Mallesons to see how they encourage their employees to maintain a healthy weight.

Employers

This section includes resources for employers who wish to encourage their employees to maintain a healthy weight.

What can I do together with my employees to help them maintain a healthy weight?

Checklist of things you might consider:

Queensland Health

How to plan and deliver a program to help my employees be a healthy weight

This section provides some resources to help you get started on implementing a healthy weight program in your workplace.

Heart Foundation

Queensland Health

Workcover Tasmania

Nutrition Australia

CCOHS (Canada’s National Centre for Occupational Health and Safety)

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (USA)

Developing a policy to encourage your employees to maintain a healthy weight

Use resources in this section to help you develop a healthy weight policy in your workplace.

Heart Foundation

Tasmanian Government

WELCOA (Wellness Councils of America)

fittogether (USA)

Tools for Employers

This section contains some tools that you can use in your workplace to encourage your employees to maintain a healthy weight. Here you can find resources such as posters, Body Mass Index calculators, obesity cost calculators and success stories.

Australian Government

Tasmanian Government

Victorian Government - Better Health Channel

Cancer Council Queensland

Get Healthy (NSW)

NHS (National Health Service, United Kingdom)

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (USA)

British Heart Foundation

Employees

This section includes some general information on the risks of being overweight or obese, some fact sheets on healthy approaches to losing weight and some simple tips for diet and exercise for people who wish to take some steps towards maintaining a healthy weight.

Tips on Healthy Weight

You can get help to achieve or maintain a healthy weight from the GetHealthy Information & Coaching Service available in:
ACT
NSW
TAS

Some tools to help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight:

Australian Government

Health Insite

Queensland Health

SA Health

Victorian Government - Better Health Channel

WA Government

Cancer Council New South Wales

Cancer Council Queensland

Cancer Council Victoria

Cancer Council Western Australia

Diabetes South Australia

Get Healthy

RACGP (The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners)

British Heart Foundation

NHS (National Health Service, United Kingdom)