There's many ways you can experience good health at work. Being healthy at work will help you to enjoy your non-work time.
Healthy eating helps prevent chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It also ensures you stay in good physical shape.
A balanced diet includes:
- lots of different types of fruit and vegetables
- wholegrain cereals
- nuts and seeds
- dairy products
- oily fish
- plenty of water
We often drink alcohol to change our mood, but the effect is temporary. Due to different ways that alcohol can affect people, there is no amount of alcohol that is safe for everyone and there will always be some risk to health and social well-being. However, there are ways to minimise the risks, such as:
- setting limits for yourself and sticking to the them
- starting with non-alcoholic drinks and alternative with alcholic drinks
- drinking slowly
- eating before or while you are drinking
Low levels of physical activity, including sitting a desk for a long time, contribute to increased preventable disease and workplace injury.
Studies show that one hour of movement a day such as wlking, swimming or cyling can undo the damage caused by long periods of sitting.
Break up siting and use your breaks to get some physical activity.
Smoking is the single largest cause of preventable death in Australia. Exposure to environmental smoke or second-hand smoke can also cause harm.
Your workplace may offer spport to staff who want to quit smoking. The NSW Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 prohibits smoking in a wide range of enclosed public places in NSW, including those areas of professional, trade, commercial and other business premises to which the public have access. These bans protect people from harmful second-hand smoke. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.
For smokers who are trying to quit, and want help, the NSW Government provides a support service through NSW Quitline.
Drugs and Alcohol
The harmful consumption of alcohol drugs can cause health, personal and social issues and impact workplace safety. Your workplace may be able to address alcohol misuse by implementing a workplace drug and alcohol policy and supporting employees to address high risk alcohol consumption.
You MUST not be affected by alcohol or drugs when at work.
If you are taking prescription medication, make sure you are aware of any side effects or long term effects that may hinder your work activity.
Alcohol and Other Drugs Information Service (ADIS) provides 7 day a week telephone counselling, support, referrals and information for those affected by alcohol or other drugs. If you or someone you know needs support and/or treatment, ADIS is a free service which is available to all residents of NSW.
- Sydney Metropolitan: (02) 9361 8000
- Regional and rural NSW: 1800 422 599