Townsville City Council sets sights high for staff health and wellbeing
In 2014, Townsville City Council participated in a Staff Health and Wellbeing Needs Assessment and the results were astonishing.
These findings prompted a review of council\'s existing \'Healthy Catering Procedure\' which is their healthy workplaces strategy. Thanks to the insights from the assessment, Health became a renewed priority and concerted action started first with the development of a “Healthy Catering Administrative Directive”. For example, the Directive guides staff to provide 75% healthy options when purchasing food and beverages for council workplace functions.
The council recognised that the provision of healthier options encourages staff to adopt a healthier lifestyle by providing an environment that values staff health and wellbeing and supports positive behaviour change. After being circulated to internal stakeholders for input and feedback, particularly those who regularly purchase catering for workplace functions, the Administrative Directive and Procedure have now been adopted by council with support from management. It is envisaged in the future Council will develop and endorse a \'Healthy Catering Policy\' which will enforce catering suppliers to provide 75% healthy food and beverage options at external council functions.
Townsville City Council has renewed its Silver recognition and is looking to broadening the remit of their “Healthy Catering Administrative Directive”. Your organisation can also qualify for healthier workplaces recognition. You can find all the details here: http://workplaces.healthier.qld.gov.au/public-recognition/
Workplace size:Large (1700 employees)
Industry:Government administration and defence