Healthworks 2017 Calendar of Health Awareness Events November 23rd, 2016, by Ken Buckley

Stuck on ideas for your employee health program for 2017?

The Healthworks 2017 Calendar of Health Awareness Events gives you hundreds of ideas to inject fresh energy and enthusiasm into your wellness program.

We’ve gathered every published health day, week and month that we can find, to give you seven A4 pages of health-related events taking place in Australia in 2017.

Choose a few and do them well

We offer this calendar every year to our clients, and every year it seems to get bigger.

It can feel overwhelming. How can you keep up with hundreds of events, often with several events running at once?

The good news is, you don’t have to. The calendar isn’t intended for you to do something every day, or even every month.

Rather, it’s designed as a useful tool to help you inject fresh energy into your corporate wellness program whenever you need it.

We suggest you choose just one or two days each Quarter, and do them really well.

There are three main ways you can use this Calendar:

1. Use the active events as a way to bolster existing activities

Days such as Walk to Work Day or Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea can give your existing activities more meaning. What’s more, these events are often supported by free resources such as posters and handouts.

Doing a step challenge in June? Encourage employees to take part in the MS Walk & Fun Run. Offering cooking demonstrations for a nutrition theme? Plan it around World Vegetarian Day and focus on the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

2. Focus on a health issue that’s meaningful to a large number of employees

Perhaps several employees have been affected by a health issue such as cancer, or diabetes, or heart disease.

Let your employees’ energy guide your efforts, and show them that your company supports them in their awareness-raising or fundraising.

You could even run a survey in January to see which causes or events your employees would most like to support.

3. Choose a fairly universal and supportive topic, such as the International Day of Happiness

Use these days or weeks to add some mental health goodness into the working day, by doing something surprising for your employees.

Download the Healthworks Health Awareness Calendar 2017 here.

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