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and Rescue NSW - Waste the Waist initiative
the Waist’ Program is a Fire and Rescue NSW initiative
designed to improve the cardiovascular health of their
program runs over 12 weeks and operates on-line. After
registration participants can access the site via the
intranet or log on externally. The program has been
designed to educate participants on how to improve
their choices to enable a healthier & fitter lifestyle.
Participants can also elect to compete for prizes.
The website has regular updates and tips, and a weekly
‘Waste the Waist’ newsletter that is emailed to the participant’s.
The letter contains healthy recipes, an exercise program
and updates on overall total weight and waist loss of
Participants are encouraged to log on regularly to achieve
the best outcome. Results of the previous program show
that the more often participants log to the website the
greater the benefits. Eg Participants who entered data > 5
times/ week achieved an average waist measurement loss
of 6.9 cms compared to 0.9 cms in participants who entered
data < 2 times a week.
Weekly update text messages are also sent to mobile phones.
A Starter Pack is also provided which includes: Waste
the Waist physical activity & nutrition guide booklet,
pedometer and instruction sheet, recording sheets, tape
measure and instruction sheet and favourite meals instruction
FireFighter Ryan Harris
What motivated you to
take part in the program?...
Fitness levels were good to start with but there was
room for improvement …. And I wanted to learn more
about nutrition as I thought this was an area that
I needed to know more about.
When did you do the program?....
I registered and completed the inaugural program that
started early 2010.
What were the challenges?....
first challenge was getting motivated to increase my
exercise as I felt pretty fit to start with. Then to
get out of the habit of buying takeaway. I needed to
establish a new routine on how I bought food. I had
to shop differently instead of buying for one meal
I started to plan meals and bought for a few days at
a time. Little things like buying in bulk and freezing
bread made a big difference.
And the immediate benefits?......
Better knowledge and understanding of food and what I
eat. For me exercise has to be daily to have an ongoing
Long term benefits? ......
The great thing about Waist the Waist is that it goes
beyond work…I can log on to the website at home, log
in details from the day i.e. pedometer levels this makes
it easy to keep track of progress and improvement.
I’m a much better food shopper and I now read food labels!
If I’m out and about and buy takeaway…its healthy. For
me I realised it was the food portion size that I needed
to look at not so much exercise although they go together!
Department of Education and Training - Schools
beneficial in raising awareness of time spent at our
computers in a constant static position.
few people realise the health implications of not stopping
and stretching on a regular basis or to regularly shift
the eyes from the monitor.
includes the neck and shoulders, arms, fingers, wrists
and legs. It is not until we have been in a static
position for some time and then get up from the chair
do we realise how constrained our body muscles and
circulation has been. Hence, the increased possibility
of sustaining an injury. All preventable by incorporating
micro-stops/ stretches into computer based work.
micro-stops are frequent which may distract at times.
They pop up anywhere on the computer; however, one
can click skip. Which in itself is raising awareness
of posture/ stretching requirements.
would be best in conjunction with other programs as
one can become complacent seeing the same program on
a daily basis. Download free at www.workrave.org This
is not a DET site.
For more information contact: Kerry Stratford on 43489119
reason why you choose this activity:
is committed to ensuring the occupational health and
safety of all employees and workplace visitors, and
the promotion of healthy lifestyles and practices.
As part of our dedication to assist staff in their
health and wellbeing, WorkCover NSW offers an incentive
for quit smoking initiatives as part of our Non-Smoking
About the Smoking Cessation
To encourage employees in developing a healthy lifestyle
and to demonstrate WorkCover NSW’s commitment to those
employees who wish to cease smoking, reimbursement up
to a maximum overall amount of $200.00 is offered towards
initiatives such as quit programs, hypnotherapy or nicotine
replacement therapy during the course of their employment
with WorkCover NSW.
Employees are required to discuss options with their
general practitioner (GP) and obtain a certificate/statement
stating they are undergoing the smoking cessation program
under the care of their doctor. Reimbursement is made
upon receipt of the statement from a medical practitioner
and the receipt of the smoking cessation initiative.
This ensures that the staff member is under the guidance
of a qualified GP when undertaking healthy changes to
their life style, to ensure their health and well being,
and a better chance at success.
problems incurred and any positive outcomes achieved:
The only problems incurred so far with this incentive
have been awareness of the incentive, and uptake.
WorkCover recognises that changes in lifestyle, and apprehension
often associated with the cessation of smoking, creates
difficulties in quitting for some employees, so we promote
the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to provide support
and assistance during this period.
increase awareness of the incentives and the benefits
of quitting, we have created Intranet Pages with links
to where to find help and support in quitting, and
the benefits of doing so. We are also planning an information
session on quitting which will be recorded on video
and available to all staff state wide on our Intranet,
which increases accessibility to the information.
Personal stories from
staff that have benefited from this incentive:
A staff member recently undertook therapy at Quit for
Life Pty Ltd, which involves NLP, hypnotherapy and counselling,
focusing on individual needs, destroying myths, and getting
rid of bad smoking habits. Under the guidance and support
of her GP, and through the Quit for Life therapy, the
staff member has now completely given up smoking, and
has already found health improvements noticing she has
improved her lung capacity, and reduced the impacts of
her asthma and has a feeling of general well being. The
therapy's out of pocket cost to this employee was substantially
reduced by utilising the incentive offered by WorkCover
NSW, making the option affordable giving her long term
Workforce Planning Team, Human Resources Branch
92-100 Donnison St, Gosford NSW 2250
Locked Bag 2906, LISAROW NSW 2252
Ph: (02) 4321 5447
Fax: (02) 9287 5447
here to email
Disability and Home Care, Department of Human Services,
Hunter Region -
Disability and Home Care, Department of Human Services,
Hunter Region established a staff Wellness Committee in
Wellness Committee provides information, education
and a range of activities designed to promote all aspects
of staff health and wellbeing. Members of the Committee
are drawn from across the region and volunteer their
time in the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices.
One of the initiatives offered to staff is the 10,000
steps challenge. The challenge is designed to promote
physical activity and healthy competition amongst staff
and is consistent with recommended guidelines for daily
of five participate in a four week challenge with each
participant wearing a pedometer to record steps taken
during the day. Steps are recorded at the end of each
week by the team captain. All team’s recorded steps
are tallied and the winning team is presented with
the perpetual Steps To Wellness trophy.
Participating staff were surveyed and reported an enhanced
team spirit within their work group, renewed enthusiasm
for exercise, weight loss and an increased feeling of
The major challenge experienced administering this initiative
has been communicating with staff in remote locations
and those without computer access.
Contact: Rebecca McHugh
for further details on 4978 6100