Workplace Wellness

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...

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...

The "I" in Influenza

March 29, 2018
Influenza can have devastating effects on our personal and work lives. Absenteeism, loss of productivity, associated health issues and even death can all result from the flu. In this blog, Fit For Work Occupational Health Nurse and Service Coordinator Shona Urquhart talks about the importance of getting immunised to keep yourself and those around you safe this season. Influenza season is just around the corner and it can have a huge impact on workplaces across all industries. It infects about...

When you work too much

March 9, 2018
Fit For Work Clinical Manager Randa Abbasi explores the essence of work/life balance in part one of this blog series. Later this month she will discuss practical ways to achieve a greater sense of balance in our lives. “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony” - Thomas Merton. Having a healthy balance between your work and home life can feel like an uphill struggle at times. It’s no secret that life can be...

Working in hot weather

February 15, 2018
Did you know that New Zealand has the highest melanoma rate in the world, with more than 4000 Kiwis diagnosed with it each year? More than 300 people also die from it annually. To help prevent damage from the sun, including melanoma, you should always: wear a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen and reapply it at least every two hours cover up with loose-fitting clothes wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and a wide brimmed hat to protect your neck and...

Healthy Habit Hero - Dr David Beaumont

December 4, 2017
Fit For Work Director Dr David Beaumont was recently selected to be Synergy Health's "Healthy Habit Hero". Here's what he had to say: As I look out of my Cromwell office window at the blue sky and sun reflecting off the last vestiges of snow on the mountains I feel gratitude for arriving in Central Otago 12 years ago. It was a family holiday from the UK. We never left! I’m an Occupational Physician – a rare breed of doctor,...

Bringing Mindfulness to Work Part 2

October 10, 2017
We often try to be efficient by multitasking at work. However, multi-tasking is really a myth: it is actually our attention having to take repeated, rapid changes in direction. It gets our brain fired up on adrenaline, so we feel superficially alert – like the effect of caffeine. This uses up a lot of energy and can leave us feeling drained by the end of the day. This approach to work also undermines our ability to pay attention. This has...

STEPtember Update

September 25, 2017
At just half way through STEPtember, Fit For Work had already completed a total number of 7,527,200 steps and counting! We have been busy stepping up and down the country. A group of us recently walked the Mount Somers Track and it was a great day full of sweat, tears and laughter. There were some beautiful views at the end when we reached Woolshed Creek Hut. If you are keen for a fun adventure with the family, this overnight tramp...

What is mindfulness?

September 12, 2017
If you’ve been paying attention recently, you’re likely to know about mindfulness. It’s the art of taking notice of what is currently happening around you and within you. It may be a thought, a feeling, a physical sensation, another person or things. It’s all about fully experiencing the present moment, rather than planning for tomorrow or thinking about yesterday. “Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally,” Jon Kabat-Zinn. While mindfulness has been...

Fit For Work putting the spring into STEPtember

September 7, 2017
Hi everyone and welcome to the first Fit For Work (FFW) STEPtember blog. I’m your host Rhondda and I’ll will be updating you throughout the month on the trials and tribulations of STEPtember. Over the next month, I’ll be showing off our wonderful FFW teams and how we have been competing (competing? This isn’t a competition is it?) in STEPtember this year. We have 14 amazing teams participating throughout the country, which means more than half of our staff are...
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