Activate Your Health motivates workers to eat healthier food, become more active
OTTAWA, Nov. 7, 2016 /CNW/- Supporting people in their workplaces with tools to eat better, become more physically active and achieve higher levels of wellness is the goal of a new government-funded project in the greater Montreal area.
Activate Your Health will work with nine Montreal-area companies with the goal of engaging 6,000 employees in health promotion activities for three years. Participants will attend a kick-off conference and be invited to complete a health risk assessment questionnaire to get a personalized health score and action plan. They will also take part in a six-week health challenge aimed at eating healthier, being more active and maintaining balance. Blood pressure, body weight and blood sugar levels will also be assessed using tools such as the Canadian Diabetes Risk Questionnaire (CANRISK).
Employers will choose a level of support that reflects the needs of their employees, including tracking objectives, personalized menus, fitness capsules, a local activity finder, and motivational tips. Their companies' progress will be measured once annually for three years. Behaviour changes and screening results will be measured annually to determine the impact of Activate Your Health in each workplace.
Capsana undertakes projects to motivate individuals to take an active role in their health. It works with a multidisciplinary team of health professionals, communications experts and information technology specialists committed to excellence. Through projects like Activate Your Health, Capsana delivers workplace health promotion campaigns and projects that include practical tools, supports and resources.
The partnership was announced as part of the vision for a healthy Canada, which takes a holistic approach to health, focusing on healthy eating, healthy living and a healthy mind.
"Many adults spend a majority of their day in the workplace. Creating a culture of wellness by promoting physical activity, reducing sedentary behaviour and encouraging healthy eating on the job can have positive impacts on the wellbeing of employees, organizations and society as a whole."
The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P.Minister of Health
"Capsana is pleased to help employees improve their overall health through the Activate Your Health project. This project will contribute to improving workplace environments to facilitate the adoption of a healthier lifestyle to help prevent chronic diseases and obesity."
Dr Louis Gagnon, M.D.Co-President and FounderCapsana
Related LinksBackgrounder on the vision for a healthy Canada
Associated LinksCapsana – Workplace HealthVision for a healthy Canada
SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada
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