Makybe Rise Primary School implements healthy life at work program


Staff from Makybe Primary School participating in their weekly exercise class.
Staff from Makybe Primary School participating in their weekly exercise class.

MAKYBE Rise Primary school is currently championing a healthy life at work program to improve and maintain the wellbeing of its staff.

The state-wide program, Healthier Workplace WA, offers free support to schools to plan, design and implement positive mental and physical wellbeing among staff.

It has achieved Makybe staff participation in school fitness classes, access to discounted health insurance and a subsidised fruit bowl.

Principal Steph McDonald said she has witnessed a substantial shift in the behaviour of her co-workers.

“We have seen marked improvement in staff eating and exercise habits,” she said.

“Results from a recent survey found that staff felt well supported and encouraged to make healthier choices, enjoying the increase in healthier options now available, and that this had led to an increase in staff wellness and morale.”

Healthier Workplace WA manager Emily Davey said through these health and wellbeing initiatives, risks associated with heart disease, diabetes and some cancers would be improved among staff.