Trust honours college health

IMPROVING health options for staff and pupils at a borough college has resulted in a top honour.

Following an assessment by North Tyneside Primary Care Trust, TyneMet College has been presented with a Silver North East Better Health At Work Award.

The award is in recognition of the college improving the health of the workplace and its employees.

Initiatives have included working on topics such as mental health, smoking, eye-care, lifestyle and adopting the Change4Life campaign.

Also, a bi-monthly newsletter also showcases ideas and information throughout the facility.

Staff and pupils are also offered discounted therapies such as massage and other treatments as well as at their on-site gym.

Sam Haley, director of learner services at the college, said: “TyneMet College works hard to ensure that we provide a safe and healthy working and learning environment.

“We value our staff and realise that we have a commitment to them to promote ‘better health at work’ and we will continue to support healthy lifestyle options to the best of our ability.

“We are delighted to receive this award and will be working hard to meet the criteria to be awarded a ‘gold’ award in the future.”