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News Release

2013 Healthy Workplace Award recipients announced

WHITBY, ON February 27, 2014 - Durham Region Health Department has presented the 2013 Healthy Workplace Award, recognizing a number of local workplaces for their role in influencing the health and wellbeing of their employees. Workplaces are awarded for focusing on at least one of the following health topics in a comprehensive manner: healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco-free living, sun safety and cancer screening. Some workplaces also received awards in multiple categories.

Awards are presented to workplaces that plan health-related activities throughout the year to help employees learn more about how to make healthy choices. Awards are determined in three levels – gold, silver and bronze. Workplaces that receive an award are acknowledged for ensuring that the work environment is supportive of health, as well as having policies that support healthy practices at work.

“Adults spend about half of their waking hours at work, so the workplace has a huge impact on the health of employees,” said Georgette Lyons, a public health nurse with the Health Department. “The winners of this award have shown a dedication to health and wellness initiatives at their workplaces that support their employees.”

The Health Department congratulates the following establishments on achieving the 2013 Healthy Workplace Award:

  • Community Living Oshawa - Clarington - Gold level
  • Oshawa Community Health Centre - Gold level
  • Markham Stouffville Hospital - Uxbridge site - Gold level
  • Patheon Inc. - Gold level
  • Durham Children’s Aid Society - Gold level
  • Durham District School Board - Gold level
  • Ministry of Finance - Gold level
  • Durham Mental Health Services - Gold level
  • Great Blue Heron Charity Casino - Gold level
  • Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences - Gold level
  • Municipality of Clarington - Gold level
  • The Regional Municipality of Durham - Gold level     
  • The Regional Municipality of Durham - Fairview Lodge - Gold level
  • Town of Ajax - Gold level
  • Fosterbrooke Long-Term Care - Gold level
  • Grandview Children’s Centre - Silver level              
  • Ministry of Finance - Silver level 
  • The Regional Municipality of Durham - Fairview Lodge - Silver level
  • Durham Children’s Aid Society - Bronze level
Organizations located within Durham Region that meet the award criteria can apply for consideration for a Healthy Workplace Award. For more information on the award or for strategies on making your workplace healthier, please call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.


Media Inquiries:
Glendene Collins - Health Department 905-668-7711, ext. 2999