Health conscious firms lauded

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ANGUS companies have been recognised for their commitment to improving the lives of their employees.

Last Wednesday, at a special ceremony in the City Chambers, Dundee, certificates were presented as part of the Healthy Working Lives programme which is run by the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives.

Hillcrest Housing Association was presented with a gold certificate, while Angus Council’s Arbroath-based facilities Seaton Grove Care Centre and Lochlands Resource Centre received silver and bronze certificates respectively.

The Healthy Working Lives Award programme offers a comprehensive and accessible evidence-based framework for improving health at work, relevant to the needs of all employers, which celebrates good practice.

211 workplaces across Tayside participate in the Healthy Working Lives programme, which represents 39,000 employees.

Since the programme started in 2007 Tayside has received 63 bronze, 29 silver, 14 gold awards and three Mental Health and Wellbeing Commendation Awards.

Health Working Lives is coordinated locally by Pat Davidson of NHS Tayside’s Specialist Health Promotion Service and her team of health promotion experts.

Pat said: “These organisations show a real commitment to health improvement in Tayside by providing staff with the opportunity to participate in a range of health promoting activities and, ultimately, enjoy the benefits of feeling fitter and healthier.

“The Healthy Working Lives programme has been a huge success in Tayside and I hope to see this good work continuing.”