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On average, most of us are going to gain an around 0.3kg per year.
Personally this will:

  • negatively impact on our physical and mental wellbeing;
  • increase our risk of both injury and musculoskeletal pain;
  • increase our health-care costs;
  • negatively impact on our earning potential; and 
  • potentially harm our work, family and social participation, to name but a few consequences.

If people are physically active for 30 minutes a day, it has been estimated that the Australian healthcare system could save $1.5B annually.

For an organisation that employs 400 people, this could equate to more than a $105K a year in direct salary costs which does not consider productivity and other indirect costs.

Proving that prevention is better than cure, and helping people to modify lifestyle risks leading to chronic disease, makes good sense on many levels.

Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group with support from Dr Trent Watson and James Morris from Ethos Health, embarked upon a Health and Wellness program called Bounce.

“Our staff are important to us.” Said Michelle Herma, Safety Advisor and health advocate.

“Helping our people to be healthy is much more than a business initiative. It’s fantastic to be employed by a company that values employee health”.

There are obvious benefits such as lower workplace injury rates, lower employee turnover and less absenteeism and not to mention the change it has on the workplace environment.

One of the initiatives of the Bounce program was to issue employees and full-time contractors with Garmin devices to help measure their fitness and step challenges. Many of our people embraced this and were achieving 17,000 steps a day. This resulted in a fantastic level of engagement that benefited everyone, and of course, helped to achieve positive health outcomes for our people.

This program won the Health Excellence Award at the 2017 NSW Mineral Councils HSEC Conference Awards which was a highlight for the HSEC team and NCIG in 2017.

“Knowing that you can make a difference to people’s lives that continues beyond the workplace is the most rewarding part of my job here at NCIG” she said.

The rate of employee engagement continues to grow with statistics from around 60% in 2012, to over 90% currently which is due in no small part to the change in workplace culture resulting from people being engaged in the Bounce program.

Another plank in our commitment to health and wellness was our team’s commitment to embracing Movember. This was driven by the maintenance team with the support of all staff at NCIG, along with the many contractors that work onsite. The company matched the donations which were presented to Lifeline and the guest speakers from Lifeline left us in no doubt as to the value of our contribution. Many of our team have had experiences with mental health in their family and friendship circles and we hope that good health – both physical and mental – becomes the norm in our workplace.

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