AWARE Industries employees pound the pavement more than those from any other workplace on the Border and they’re happier and healthier for it.
The Wodonga company, which contracts staff with a disability to Border businesses, defeated 12 other organisations in the Wodonga Council and Gateway Community Health 10,000 steps challenge.
Aware’s chief executive Sharon Muggivan said 12 employees took part in the five-week challenge and on average, they walked 31,000 steps each a day.
That’s about 20,000 steps more than the 10,000 steps a day experts say will improve people’s health.
Ms Muggivan said the challenge was so successful more staff from Aware had signed up to take part next year and others were walking more outside working hours.
Gateway Health promotion worker Grace Churches said people were increasingly sitting at their desks for longer in their workplaces.
“I think in day-to-day life we get busy. These may be simple messages but they’re really important messages and they can get lost,” Ms Churches said.
“This challenge was a great opportunity for people to become more active and make steps to improve their health and well-being.”
She said the challenge had improved fitness levels among staff at all 12 organisations that participated.
“It’s a really good business case for reducing sick leave, staff retention and keeping staff happy and productive,” she said.
The challenge was part of the Healthy Together Wodonga initiative, which is aimed at preventing chronic disease on the Border.
Ms Churches said employers who wanted to introduce health strategies in their workplaces could contact Gateway Community Health on (02) 6022 8888.