Healthier News

Welcome to our Autumn 2017 e-newsletter



Have you seen our Healthier Work bus?  In October 2016 we held a photo competition with the tagline ‘show us how you can be healthier at work’.

Congratulations to Heart Foundation ACT, Springbank Rise Early Learning and ACT Housing for winning their photo on a bus!

You could be a winner of our Healthier Work Day photo competition next October, keep an eye out for our bus for inspiration!


Healthier Work and beyondblue invite you to improve the mental health of your workplace.

Join Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury, Work Safety Commissioner Greg Jones and local businesses for a free breakfast to learn about creating a more mentally healthy workplace.

Heads Up supports Australian businesses to create more mentally healthy workplaces. As well as promoting a positive, productive workplace culture and minimising risks to employees’ mental health, mentally healthy workplaces can lead to increased productivity, improved staff engagement and enhance staff retention.

This event will also celebrate Healthier Work’s latest Healthier Work Recognised workplaces and show you how you can join the Recognition Scheme.

Book your seat for the 23 March event at CIT Restaurant here.


Healthier Work Recognition

Businesses that are committed to creating a healthier environment for their staff deserve to be recognised.

When you join the Recognition Scheme you receive individual support from a Healthier Work Industry Adviser to create a 12 month health and wellbeing plan that is tailored to your organisation’s needs. Healthier Work will also promote your business through the Healthier Work website, our newsletter, social media and other promotional activities as they arise.

Workplaces can progress along their health and wellbeing journey with Healthier Work’s full support. Silver Status is for workplaces that have evaluated their year one plan, and using this information have created their year two plan. Gold Status is awarded to workplaces that have evaluated and demonstrated how they have embedded health and wellbeing practices into their environment.

More information is available here.


Welcome to the Healthier Work Recognition Scheme:

Below are our latest Recognised workplaces, with some examples of activities they are undertaking in the next 12 months.

Learning, Teaching & Early Childhood Branch, Education Directorate, ACT Government

  • Rotating staff to volunteer for animal walking
  • Organising seated massages from a private provider

pictured above

  • Walking to a healthy lunch spot once a month away from the office
  • Stairs challenge

Mobility Matters 
pictured top right

  • Working towards a smoke-free workplace
  • Creating a space in the break room that promotes positive mental health

Silver Status:
Department of Human Services

  • Taking part in rock climbing
  • Meditation and mindfulness classes

Griffin Legal pictured above

  • Continued participation in a weekly salad club
  • Developing a Health and Wellbeing policy

Gold Status:
Physiosport O’Connor

  • Purchasing a table and chairs for outside courtyard to encourage staff to take breaks away from their desk
  • Hosting a workplace presentation on Mental Health in the Workplace

Capital Chemist Wanniassa

  • Staff ski trip
  • Holding an alcohol free Christmas Party

Master Builders Association of the ACT

  • Hosting a food and emotions seminar for staff
  • Circulating information on exercises staff can take do at their desks

Upcoming events

5 March – Big Canberra Bike Ride
The Big Canberra Bike Ride is one of the biggest events on Canberra’s bike calendar. The event is suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

10 March – Salt Awareness Week
The overall aim is to bring about a reduction in salt intake throughout the world by reducing the amount of salt in processed foods, in cooking and at the table.

13 – 20 March – Coeliac Awareness Week
Coeliac disease remains one of the most under-diagnosed conditions in Australia.

19 March – Melanoma March
A fun community event where participants can walk or march along a short course to raise awareness about melanoma and funds for life-changing research.

20 -27 March – A Taste of Harmony
Celebrate diversity in Australian workplaces by encouraging colleagues to share food and stories from different cultural backgrounds.

1 April – Canberra Walking Festival
The Canberra Walking Festival incorporates the Canberra Two Day Medal Walk and is a non-competitive challenge walk for all ages.

8 April – Canberra Running Festival
Join thousands of runners from around the country and be a part of the iconic Australian Running Festival.

28 April – World Day for Safety and Health at Work
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work.


30 April – MS Walk and Fun Run
Meet at the Rond Terrace In Commonwealth Park and walk or run in support of Australians living with multiple sclerosis. The course is fully accessible to wheelchairs, mobility scooters and prams.

1 May – Mindful in May
Mindful in May brings the benefits of meditation together with an opportunity to help bring clean water to those living in the developing world.

2 May – PJ Day – World Asthma Day
Reduce the impact of asthma by raising awareness and money for this chronic condition that affects over 2 million Australians.

6 -13 May – Heart Week
Each year the Heart Foundation uses Heart Week as an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the problem of heart disease and to help improve the heart health of all Australians.

8 – 14 May – National Volunteer Week
More than 6 million Australian volunteers give happiness to others each year. Research shows that that volunteers are happier as a result.

14 May – Mother’s Day Classic
The Mother’s Day Classic is an annual fun run and walk raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research.

29 May – Wear White at Work
On 29 May ‘Wear white at work’ and donate a gold coin to show your support for mental illness sufferers and families of suicide victims.

For a full list of events go to the Healthier Work events calendar here.


ANZAC Biscuits

This recipe comes from the ACT Nutrition Support Service and meets the AMBER criteria in the ACT Government Healthy Food and Drink Choices Policy.


1½ cup rolled oats
½ cup plain flour
½ cup sugar
4 tbsp canola margarine
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tbsp boiling water


  1. Preheat oven to 160ºC and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Mix together the oats, flour and sugar in a medium bowl.
  3. Using a microwave oven or stovetop, heat margarine together with golden syrup until melted.
  4. In a small bowl, combine water and bicarbonate of soda. Gently pour into the golden syrup mix while stirring.
  5. Pour syrup into the dry ingredients and mix together to combine.
  6. Roll a spoonful of mixture into balls and place on baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper. Press down tops to flatten slightly.
  7. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Stand for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Tip: make this into an ANZAC slice by pouring the mixture into a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes.