Good Work Forum - Programme

October 31, 2018
Get in quick to register for this Free Good Work Forum in Wellington next week on the 8th November. Fit For Work is proud to be working with the Health Benefits of Good Work Steering Group and supporting International Speaker, Professor Anne Harriss, in spreading the Good Work message. Full Programme details here: Good Work Forum - Programme

What is it like to work as an Occupational Therapist?

October 26, 2018
It's Occupational Therapy week. Fit For Work team member Lois Hill discusses what it is like to be an Occupational Therapsit and why it is a smart career choice. What do you do on a daily basis to assist people to improve their wellbeing and quality of life? For many people work is an integral part of who they are. It gives them a sense of identity, a, social network, provides routine and financial security. Being unable to work due...

The Role of Cultural Competence in Occupational Therapy

October 25, 2018
Fit For Work Occupational Therapist Rachel Thomas talks about the role of Cultural Competence in Occupational Therapy Cultural competence is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures. I was recently kindly gifted this beautiful Paua Shell and Pounamu from a Maori client that I have been engaging with in a back to work programme. I was thrilled to receive such a lovely gift, especially because at the beginning of the journey, I noticed that...

Nutrition for gut health

October 15, 2018
Gut health is currently one of the hottest topics in nutrition and wellbeing with various products such as sauerkraut, probiotic containing yoghurt or fermented beverages such as komboucha claiming to be just what you need for gut health. While there is evidence to suggest that including these functional foods is warranted we have plenty of other simple nutrition advice to share when it comes to showing your gut some much needed love. It is first important to understand why looking...

Helping Others Achieve Their Dreams

October 10, 2018
Fit For Work Vocational Consultant Kirsty Glen was recently interviewed by Wild Tomato magazine about her experiences advising people on their careers, which in turn prompted her to study to gain additional qualifications. "I’ve been in the field for the last 15 years and it was my clients – their courage and resilience in the face of adversity – as well as being a parent that inspired me." View the entire article here.
Filed under Career Change

Stepping our way to health for a great cause

September 17, 2018
Fit For Work Accounts team member Jenny Harris is training for a marathon in October. She is active year-round, training for different sporting events. However, some of the Fit For Work team are not usually quite so energetic. Last year Jenny introduced the team to Steptember, a campaign run by The Cerebral Palsy Society in partnership with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Australia. The charity event challenges people to take 10,000 steps a day for 28 days straight in the month...

Helping clients with serious injuries get back to work

August 29, 2018
Vocational Consultants work with clientele that have sustained injuries and who have been advised by a medical professional that they can no longer do the job that they were doing at the time the injury occurred. Vocational Consultants help them with upskilling and training so that they can develop additional skills to enable them to find alternate, medically suitable work. Fit For Work Vocational Consultant Zoe specialises in working with serious injury clients. “My clients are complex because their injuries...
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Nurturing your nutrition

July 18, 2018
Nutrition plays a big part in how productive we are in our working day. In this blog, Nutrition and Life* dietitian Sara Widdowson talks about the futility of the dieting cycle in maintaining a healthy body and outlook on life. The dieting cycle goes a little like this. You finish the weekend feeling like you have “over-indulged” and you decide that you will “be good” from Monday morning. You say no to snack foods in the office, even excluding yourself...

How standing around is a good thing

July 9, 2018
If you spend most of your day sitting down, it’s important to look for opportunities to stand up and move. In this blog, Fit For Work Occupational Therapist Cathy Bloome talks about how we can get more movement into our working day and improve our health on the job. Our bodies were designed to move and yet studies show the average person is sedentary (sitting) for more than seven hours a day. If you find this hard to believe, have...

Rolling into the Bay of Plenty

June 14, 2018
What’s big, green and covered in colourful spots? The brand new Fit For Work mobile health clinic! And don’t worry, you can’t catch anything from it. In fact it’s here to help keep the Bay of Plenty community healthier than ever. The mobile clinic is about to hit the roads in the region to take occupational health services directly to the work place. As well as being highly convenient for staff, the new clinic will save time and money. Staff...
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