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Have a healthy workplace!

After the launch of the Healthy Workplace initiative, Hannah shares her suggestions for a healthy work environment.

Written by Hannah Byrne | View this authors Twitter page and posted in opinion

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The Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has introduced a Healthy Workplace initiative, encouraging employers to help their employees stay healthy and active while at work.

A healthier workforce is a happier and more productive workforce and there’s lots you could do to be more healthy at work:


If it’s possible, try to walk or cycle to work instead of taking the bus or the car. If you can’t avoid it, maybe try getting on and off the bus a stop earlier or parking the car a little further away so that you can get in a short walk.

Go for a walk during your lunch break instead of sitting in the canteen or at your desk. If you go with a friend or as a group it’s much more enjoyable and a good way to clear your head and de-stress before getting back to work.

Here’s some apps you could try to help you be more active at work:

  • Stand Up! Work Break Timer (Apple): This apps sends you reminders throughout the day to take a break from your work and stand up. You can get it to work around your schedule, and have it remind you as often as you like. Cost: Free
  • Office Exercise & Ergonomics (Android): This apps shows you exercises you can do at your desk, including chair yoga and stretches



Healthy Eating

Try and eat healthier. If your workplace has a canteen, try to go for the healthier option instead of a plate of chips, and you could also start bringing in your own lunch and bring fruit for snacks instead of chocolate or biscuits.

The app Fooducate (Apple and Android) helps you with understanding the nutritional information on food packages and can help you make the healthier choice.


Trying to give up smoking? See if there’s anyone else in work who wants to try and quit with you. You can help each other. Replace smoke breaks in the rain with tea breaks, listen to music for 10 minutes, go for a walk around the building, anything!

Mental Health

Look after your mental health. The workplace can sometimes be a source of stress and anxiety for people, and it’s important to look after yourself. If you’re in the middle of a big task, try using some mindfulness exercises to de-stress and stay focused.

You can download some apps to remind you to be mindful throughout the day, which might help you from getting stressed out. It doesn’t have to be long, you can even just do it for 2 minutes!

  • Mindfully Me (Apple): Allows you to set reminders throughout the day to be mindful. Also provides guided meditations and timers for a set meditation time.
  • Mindfulness Bell (Android): The Mindfulness Bell rings periodically throughout the day to remind you to be mindful.
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Published June 23rd, 2015
Last updated July 30th, 2015
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