Businesses across Queensland are expected to benefit from a government investment directed towards corporate health and better lifestyle choices for employees.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie announced the $1.4 million funding to be delivered as individual grants under the Working for Wellness Program in a March 11 statement.
The grants will be available to businesses willing to "think outside the lunchbox" in regards to business health plans.
"With obesity and diabetes on the rise across the world, this is real support for workplaces, which are ideal environments to encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce the risk of chronic illness," Mr Bleijie explained.
Organisations willing to support improvements to the health and lifestyle habits of their employees could enjoy a number of benefits, Mr Bleijie revealed.
"Healthy employees are three times more productive at work than their colleagues, helping to boost the economy, while smoking, excessive drinking, poor diet and excess body weight have clear links to absenteeism, low morale and increased workers' compensation premiums," he said.
"Obesity alone is thought to cost Australian businesses around $6.4 billion every year through loss in productivity."
So far, the Working for Wellness Program has provided funding to more than 500 businesses across Queensland, helping around 33,000 employees improve their health and wellbeing.
The organisations that have received support have invested their grants in initiatives such as inviting nutritionists to visit their business, holding on-site fitness classes and arranging physical activity challenges.
Mr Bleijie recommends any employer or business with a corporate health plan underway or in the pipeline to apply for a part of this funding as soon as possible.
"All industry sectors are eligible, but there is a special focus on those where workers are most at risk, including transport and storage, construction, agriculture, fisheries and forestry and mining and resources in rural and remote Queensland," he concluded.
Organisations interested in improving their employees' health may also want to invest in a business health insurance plan. For advice and guidance on choosing a health insurance policy for your business, contact the team at HICA today.