Initiatives to improve health in the workplace have won accolades for two Middlesbrough organisations.
Middlesbrough Environment City (MEC) and Middlesbrough Council are set to pick up gold honours at this year’s North East Better Health at Work Awards.
They are the only two organisations in Middlesbrough to achieve the top award in recognition of their contributions to health in the workplace for their staff and the wider community.
The North East Better Health at Work Awards are part of a regional initiative to encourage workplaces to take part in health improving activities and promote healthy lifestyles.
Now in its fourth year, the scheme helps employers and employees in a number of areas including improving productivity and staff morale and reducing absenteeism and sickness rates.
Workplace initiatives – some in partnership with the local NHS - have included weekly walking groups, health and lifestyle assessments, weight management groups, healthy eating and mental health awareness campaigns.
Middlesbrough Council and Middlesbrough Environment City will join 46 other businesses and organisations from across the Tees region to receive their awards at a special event at Middlesbrough’s Thistle Hotel on Thursday, February 9.
MEC Director Mark Fishpool said: “This award is a significant stepping stone to our aim of improving the well being of our workforce.
“We believe that as an organisation that promotes sustainable lifestyles it is essential that we lead the way by encouraging our own staff to adopt healthy lifestyles.”
Councillor Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Public Health and Sport, added: “People who are healthy at work are more likely to enjoy their job and more likely to perform better.
“The Better Health at Work Awards help to reinforce the excellent work that Middlesbrough Council is already doing in relation to improving health and wellbeing.
“It’s particularly gratifying to pick up a Gold Award in recognition of the value of this work and our overall aim to continue to improve the lives not only of our workforce but of residents across the town.”