Exercise / fitness programs
Regular exercise is vital to good health and is the second most important factor in disease prevention after quitting smoking. A workforce that is physically active can benefit your local government by making employees more productive, experience fewer injuries and reduce absenteeism. The exercise and fitness programs offered through the LGIS Health and Wellbeing Program aim to provide your workers with motivation as well as the skills and techniques to stay physically healthy in the long term.
All exercise and fitness programs are run by qualified exercise physiologists or sports scientists and can be completed indoors or outdoors with all equipment provided. Pre-screening is conducted to determine whether workers need a physician's referral before starting an exercise program. This identifies workers with physical limitations who can't take part in exercise training because it is unsafe or requires modifications made based on physical limitations.
Individual exercise programs
A personalised exercise program can be developed for workers based on their individual goals and / or physical work requirements. This allows workers to be provided with direction and support to take control of their fitness and health.
Group exercise classes
A variety of exercise classes are available and classes can be tailored to all fitness levels.
- Yoga / stretch and flex
- Strength / aerobic circuit
- Core / abdominal strengthening
- Boot camp
- Walking / running groups
- Pre-start stretching / warm up for work programs
Healthy lifestyle programs
The healthy lifestyle programs are designed to get your workers eating healthier, moving more and feeling great. The programs are evidence-based and developed around the principles of behaviour change, educating and supporting workers to develop new habits, skills and knowledge to maintain their health long-term.
With a variety of programs on offer, they are aimed at improving the main preventable risk factors responsible for chronic diseases, including physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, smoking and risky alcohol consumption.
Examples of programs on offer include:
- Walking challenges
- Weight loss programs
- Quit smoking programs
- Support from a dietician
- Health coaching
- Fatigue management
- Ageing workforce strategies
Mental health awareness
Stress is consistently rated in the top two self – reported medical conditions of workers in Australia. Research indicates individuals with higher resilience tend to be more adaptive to failure, setbacks and change, and have improved mental health. Further to this, resilience-building programs can help with improving individual perfomance, enhancing wellbeing and preventing mental health conditions - including anxiety and depression. The mental health awareness programs are focused on educating workers to identify factors that contribute to stress as well as provide skills and tips to enhance personal resilience.
Corporate Massage allows workers the opportunity to unwind and recharge. Working long hours and daily pressures’ can lead to higher stress levels, reduced work life balance and overall poorer health. Benefits of massages for workers include reduced stress levels and increased mental clarity as well as increased job satisfaction, productivity and morale.
Options include, seated chair massage, table massage and roving ‘at desk’ massages.
Influenza (commonly called the flu) is a highly contagious illness that can occur in children or adults of any age. About 20% of Australians are affected by the flu each year with affected workers needing to take on average up to six days off work. With flu vaccinations proven to be 70 – 90% effective in preventing the flu in healthy people, this service is an integral offering of the LGIS Health and Wellbeing Program.
The flu vaccine is particularly important for people who are at high risk from the flu and its complications, including people aged 65 years and over, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as people with underlying medical conditions.
Flu vouchers can be made available for workers that cannot attend the scheduled onsite vaccinations.