Last March we shared a blog post about our plan to build a healthy nutrition environment in the workplace at HPEPH. To work towards this goal, we completed the checklist provided in the Workplace Healthy Nutrition Environment toolkit. This excellent tool was created by the Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (OSNPPH). The checklist addresses nine essential elements of a healthy nutrition environment. With this information, we were able to identify areas where HPEPH is doing well, as well as areas where there is room for improvement.
However, required focus on other organizational priorities has meant HPEPH is unable to comprehensively address a healthy nutrition environment at this time. So the Wellness Committee will promote the topic of nutrition during Healthy Workplace Month activities this October by inviting employees to participate in the 100 Meal Journey, a one month challenge developed by the Dietitians of Canada. The challenge encourages people to take a pledge to make one small, lasting change to the way they eat- one meal at a time, over the course of the month. The challenge is positive, realistic for participants, and required resources are readily available.
Fall is an excellent time to move forward in your journey to organizational wellness. Consider developing a healthy nutrition environment using the toolkit we have discussed here, or encourage your employees to participate in the 100 Meal Journey. Other potential topics for promotion can be found by exploring resources on our Workplace webpage or by checking out Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month website. Be sure to explore their Showcase section, where you can learn from the experience and successes of other organizations across Canada.
On a final note, in anticipation of potential upcoming changes to the Ontario Public Health Standards, which govern the work of public health, we have begun to shift our areas of focus. As a result, this will be the final Health Works blog to be published. We hope you have found them enjoyable and useful. We recognize workplaces are an important setting for promoting health and are a determinant of people’s health and so we look forward to offering public health programs and services for and with our workplace partners in the future. Stay tuned.
What are your organizational plans to address organizational wellness? Have you had to adjust plans due to other emerging priorities? How did you navigate that change?
Written by: Bernadette Hymus, RN, Health Promotion Department