New Brunswick launches wellness intitiative

Four-year program targets provincial government employees

New Brunswick has launched a wellness initiative for provincial government employees. The four-year campaign — called “Live, work, play… be well” — has five goals:

•improve the wellness of public employees;

•reduce modifiable health risks and decrease the high prevalence of chronic disease;

•identify initiatives and activities to promote a healthy workplace;

•encourage success in achieving personal and corporate wellness goals and milestones; and

•improve morale and job satisfaction.

Premier Shawn Graham announced the new program at the annual workplace wellness conference of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick.

“As a major employer in New Brunswick, we are committed to being a leader in the promotion of workplace wellness and work-life balance in the province,” he said.

Human Resources Minister Rick Brewer noted that, since most people spend at least one-third of their daily lives at work, the workplace is a great environment to promote wellness.

“As an employer, we care about our employees and promote health and wellness in all aspects of their lives, which ultimately results in a better workplace," said Brewer. "We have made workplace wellness part of our new corporate human resources plan for our employees, and we will follow the progress of this initiative over the next three years."


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