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ECU launches staff health and wellness program

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

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During the month of May, Edith Cowan University (ECU) is launching an innovative new staff health and wellness program.

The program, called Live Life Longer, was launched with Health and Wellness Expos at both the Joondalup and Mount Lawley campuses, giving staff an opportunity to learn more about nutrition, alternative therapies, ECU sport and fitness, health insurance and workplace safety.

Hundreds of staff turned out in Joondalup on Wednesday, 6 May to enjoy healthy snacks, reflexology and a chance to try new fitness equipment.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox opened the event and Australian Sports Commissioner Sally Carbon OAM gave a very inspirational speech about the importance of incorporating physical activity into daily routines.

The event was organised by Wellness Coordinator Fiona Peters who was delighted with the turnout.

“A lot of our staff enjoyed some de-stress time with massages, reiki and reflexology and the healthy snacks supplied by Nutrition Australia were very popular,” she said.

“Guest speaker Sally Carbon OAM, Hockey Olympian and Australian Sports Commissioner gave a great insight into her sport and health achievements.”

The Mount Lawley event, held on Wednesday, 13 May was also a success with guest speaker Ros Worthington OAM encouraging staff to take time to look after themselves, and find time to ‘pay it forward’, by doing good things for other people.

An event is planned for ECU South West staff in June.

The aim of the Expos was to promote ECU’s Live Life Longer program and recruit ‘Legends’ that will encourage colleagues to take part in the program, as well as inspire people to live a healthier lifestyle.

In the coming months, staff will have the opportunity to attend cooking demonstrations, free healthy heart checks, self defence classes, karate, meditation and vibration training.

ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox says that a new focus on health and wellbeing will contribute to a happy and healthy workforce.

“ECU encourages all staff to lead active and balanced lifestyles and the Live Life Longer program will help staff to make some positive lifestyle changes,” he said.

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