Workplaces

1. Implement a Chief Minister's Award scheme that rewards healthy workplaces and food outlets.

Award schemes have been shown to be an effective, affordable and affirmative strategy to inspire change at the individual and group level. There is scope to create a new scheme and/or build on existing awards such as the annual ACT Public Service Awards for Excellence.

2. Improve the availability of healthy food and drink choices and reduce unhealthy choices at ACT Government workplaces, facilities and government-funded events.

Government leadership in promoting healthy food and drink choices is important to effect change – to model the behaviour it is advocating. ACT Health is leading work in this area and its learnings will inform broader implementation.

3. Implement a program of health risk assessments for ACT Government staff and explore options for extending this to the private sector.

Providing a personalised health risk assessment increases individual knowledge of health risk factors and motivation to change behaviours. Implementation may include linking the assessments to a competition or exercise/nutrition program.

4. Create new incentives for ACT workers and/or workplaces to participate in physical activity or active travel.

Workplace incentives have been shown to complement other initiatives to encourage more physical activity as part of workplace culture. More detailed analysis for the ACT will explore the costs/benefits involved in its application.

5. Update requirements for new commercial buildings to contain facilities which encourage physical activity and improve access to these facilities for existing buildings.

Facilities that support physical activity include secure bicycle storage, showers, lockers, change rooms and gyms. Open stairwells with prompts for building users are also a simple motivator for raising the level of physical activity.

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