A nursery has been rewarded for its work introducing healthy lifestyle to children, parents and staff.
More than 50 employers from North Tyneside, Newcastle and Northumberland were at the North East Better Health at Work Award Celebration Event, hosted by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Each of the businesses were presented with awards – either bronze, silver, gold or continuing excellence – for successfully developing a sustainable culture of health and wellbeing in the workplace.
Busy Bees Nursery, based in Cobalt Business Park, picked up a gold award for their health and wellbeing activities, which now involve both children and parents.
Activities include free weight loss and physical activity programmes, free healthy recipes and fruit, raising awareness of particular health issues and first aid training.
Victoria Solomon, health advocate and manager, said: “We are really pleased to receive this award.
“We started with a short survey with staff to identify areas to focus on. It’s been hard work but the support we’ve got has been brilliant.”
She added: “The staff at Northumbria Healthcare are always there for you, providing lots of advice, ideas and contacts to help you run the activities.
“Our staff really value what we’ve achieved – they say they feel healthier, including me. I lost two stones on our weight-loss programme.
“In particular the health checks with the nurses and family events to raise awareness of particular health issues have been very successful.
“We are planning to build on this over the next three years and because we still do the surveys twice a year it helps us to prioritise what works well for everyone and to try new things when new things are flagged up.”
Steven Chater, health promotion specialist at the trust, added: “We are thrilled that Busy Bees have achieved their gold award and are delighted that so many local employers have demonstrated their commitment to the health and wellbeing of their employees over the last year and were successful in attaining awards.
“Many people spend a great deal of time in the workplace, making it one of the most important places to get advice about healthier lifestyles.
“Evidence shows that workplace health programmes, like ours, can help to reduce sickness absence, as well as motivating and helping to retain staff. It’s good for everyone.”
Any employer can take part in the free Better Health at Work Award. For more information visit www.betterhealthatworkne.org