- Higher worker productivity
- Decreased workers’ compensation and disability claims
- Reduced absenteeism
- Greater ability to attract and retain workers to the farm*.
“The Live Well Farm Well project was a two year collaborative partnership project,” said Growcom Acting CEO, Donna Mogg.
“It was implemented with five banana farms in the Cassowary Coast and achieved an increase in the number of rural industry workers’ knowledge and positive behaviour change in relation to physical activity and healthy eating practices.
“The Live Well Farm Well Planning Guide was developed from what we learnt from the pilot project to support farmers plan, deliver and evaluate workplace health and wellbeing programs in their businesses. Research shows that for every dollar a business invests in employee wellness, $4 in increased productivity is returned."
Present at the launch today, at the Australian Sugar Heritage Centre in Mourilyan, was Steve Lizzio from Liverpool River Bananas whose farming business took part in the pilot and who discussed the major benefits he found from the program.
The pilot project focused on practical ways rural workplaces could achieve simple health improvements to reduce the risk of chronic disease.
The farms developed programs that fit farming schedules and helped farm workers and managers get more active and eat healthily drawing from programs such as:
- Eat It - Diabetes Queensland’s healthy eating program
- 10,000 Steps program using pedometers to monitor daily physical activity
- Quitline program
- Policy and environmental changes at the workplace
- Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service.
The Live Well Farm Well Planning Guide can be accessed at www.growcom.com.au/live-well-farm-well.
For more information:
Tel: +61 0418 181 807
*[Source: Medibank Private 2005. The Health of Australia’s Workforce, Medibank Private.]