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Canterbury Healthy Workplaces Update: July 2018

Wednesday, July 04, 2018   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, physical activity, health, workplace, nutrition, housing

Canterbury DHB.In this latest Healthy Workplaces Update you’ll find some excellent tips to share with your staff about staying healthy and warm over the winter months. Read on to find out about:

  • the Glitterbug;
  • the Affordable Fruit and Vege Group; and
  • Warmer Kiwi Homes.

So far, the Healthy Workplaces Update has been a monthly publication, but from this issue on it’ll become a quarterly newsletter. Look out for the next issue at the start of October 2018!

Contact Healthy Workplaces and WorkWell Advisor Ann Vanschevensteen at Community and Public Health for more information on anything in this update (378 6781 or ann.vanschevensteen[at]

Meet the Glitterbug

The Glitterbug is a visual, interactive tool to help people understand the importance of hand hygiene. Participants apply a UV gel to their hands and then go to wash and dry their hands. They then place their hands in the Glitterbug box and look through a small opening to see which parts of their hands they missed during hand washing.

If any part of the hand glows under the UV lights in the box is still dirty, so it’s back to the sink!

Why bother washing hands?

Infectious diseases can be transferred from one person to another and are a significant cause of lost productivity for a workplace. New Zealanders are most likely to be absent from work because of illness or injury unrelated to the workplace (Wellness in Workplace Survey Report 2015).

Not washing hands properly means that infectious diseases can be easily passed on - such as the common cold and the flu) and food-related illnesses (such as Salmonella, E.coli and Campylobacter.

Promoting good workplace hand hygiene is one of the best ways to keep your employees healthy over the winter months. Immunisiation is another).

Get information about when to wash your hands (Ministry of Health).

Some workplaces have taken the challenge with great results.
Have a look at Fulton Hogan’s Hand Hygiene Challenge.

Contact Ann on 03 378 6781 if you are interested in running a Glitterbug Challenge at your workplace - you can book the resource free of charge from Community and Public Health.

Fruit and Vege in winter

During winter, it may be more difficult for your employees to afford a healthy variety of fruit and vegetables. Given that an average adult will spend 1/3 of their life at work and consume about 1/3 of their daily food during work hours, workplaces can help staff eat well and stay well over the winter months by promoting (access to) healthy food.

Do you know about the Affordable Fruit and Vege Group (AFVG)? Interested buyers (like your employees) can join for free!

Buyers pay a week ahead for a week’s selection of fresh fruit and vege ($6 for a half pack or $12 for a whole pack). The AFVG buys wholesale fruit and vegetables, their volunteers pack the produce and then buyers pick it up from their closest distribution centre.

Find out more about the Affordable Fruit and Vege Group, including easy recipes. Easy recipes can also be found on the Community and Public Health website.

Warmer Kiwi Homes

The new Warmer Kiwi Homes programme may be helpful for any of your employees who are having difficulty keeping their homes warm over winter.

From 1st July 2018, those who are on low incomes who own and live in their homes (not landlords) are eligible for grants covering two thirds of the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation, as well as ground vapour barriers. The low income criteria includes people:

  • with a Community Services Card, or
  • who live in a New Zealand Deprivation Index decile 9 or 10 area, or
  • families referred through the Ministry of Health’s Healthy Homes Initiative.

Get more information about Warmer Kiwi Homes.

The Canterbury providers of the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme are:

  • Community Energy Action: 0800 GET WARM (0800 438 9276) or info[at] This service includes the CEA Curtain Bank;
  • Energy Smart: 0800 777 111 or christchurch[at] or timaru[at];
  • Kensair: 0508 197 197 or communications[at]; and
  • Smart Energy Solutions: 0800 888 766 or info[at]

Upcoming dates for your calendar

July – Hōngongoi

August – Hereturikōkā

Sport Canterbury’s Be Active for Term 3

Be Active is an eight-week programme are for people wanting to increase their level of activity and have fun along the way.

The Be Active Programme is running across Greater Christchurch during Term 3 in the following locations:

  • Be Active Mairehau at C3 Church - Tuesday afternoons (1 to 2.30pm) starting Tuesday 24th July 2018.
  • Be Active Spreydon at South West Baptist Church - Tuesday evenings (6.15 to 7.15pm) starting Tuesday 24th July 2018.
  • Be Active Bishopdale at the Bishopdale YMCA - Thursday afternoons (1.30 to 3pm) starting Thursday 26th July 2018.

Contact Anna Wilson at Sport Canterbury for more information and to register (03 373 5045 or anna.wilson[at]

The Be Active programme is suitable for anyone 16 years and above and any activity level.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch