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Healthy Working Wales Awards announced

Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Businesses and organisations who have worked to improve the health and well-being of their staff were celebrated at an awards ceremony in Cardiff.
Health Minister Lesley Griffiths AM presented awards at the Healthy Working Wales ceremony at Cardiff City Hall, organised by the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.  Businesses and organisations who have successfully achieved the Corporate Health Standard or the Small Workplace Health Award received their awards at the event.  
 
Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said:
 
“We know sickness absence is costly for businesses and individuals.  A healthy working environment can play a key role in improving physical health and well-being.
 
“The Corporate Health Standard and Small Workplace Health Award are the Welsh Government’s quality marks for workplace health and well-being in Wales.“I’m delighted to see such a range of businesses and organisations from across Wales committed to promoting good health and well-being in the workplace.”
 
Val Scholey, Principal Practitioner, Workplace Health for Public Health Wales, said:
 
“This ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to recognise and give credit to employers in Wales who have demonstrated a real commitment to the health and wellbeing of their employees.  These awards will distinguish them from their competitors, helping them to attract the best employees, as well as reducing the time and costs associated with absence and sickness.”
 
Healthy Working Wales staged a free seminar and workshops at the event, for businesses and organisations interested in engaging with the Corporate Health Standard and Small Workplace Health Award schemes.  Speakers from Gwent Police, Monmouthshire Housing Association and Alcohol Concern Cymru were among those giving presentations and providing advice.