Healthier Workplace Committee to ditch the junk

Group of staff holding fruit and man in the middle holding sign reading "To encourage a healthier workplace"
Healthier Workplace Committee members Private Patient Liaison Officer Julie Meuleners, Executive Assistant Jodie Whitaker, Work Health and Safety Consultant Adam Stewart, Senior Dietitian Emily Harris and Private Patient Liaison Officer Amanda Harris
October 20, 2017

The Rockingham Peel Group Healthier Workplace Committee has taken the pledge to “eat no trash and raise some cash” next month as part of the Heart Foundation’s No Junk November initiative.

No Junk November aims to build awareness of the junk food we are consuming by asking participants to donate the money they would spend on salty and sugary foods to the Heart Foundation during November.

All money raised will go towards funding world-class cardiovascular research, guiding health professionals and educating Australians to make healthier choices.

Committee member and Senior Health Promotion Officer Kirsty De Blanken said the group were excited to take on the challenge.

“This is a great opportunity for us to support our colleagues in making healthy changes to their diet,” Kirsty said.

“For staff working in a busy health service, maintaining our own health is important, not only for ourselves but also so that we can continue to care for others.”

Kirsty said initiatives such as No Junk November remind us of the importance of prevention.

“Prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease is really important and living a healthy lifestyle is a big piece of the puzzle,” Kirsty said.

“Eating well and staying active gives us the best chance of living a long, healthy life.”

Visit the No Junk November (external site) to register and learn more about how to swap out junk food for healthier alternatives. There is even a ‘Junk Food Calculator’ (external site) to show how junk food could be hurting your body and your wallet.