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Industry workers 14 million steps closer to great health

A GROUP of Gladstone workers is 14 million steps closer to great health.

About 125 employees from the region's Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun office are among employees from four Gladstone employers taking part in the 10,000 Steps program.

Rio Tinto occupational health advisor Brent Sweeney said his colleagues walked 45,171,228 steps in one month. "Our strive toward zero harm requires us to look further from traditional hard hats and safety boots to engaging employees in improving or maintaining their health," Mr Sweeney said.

Participating in the 10,000 Steps pedometer grants program provided the business with an opportunity to participate in a health initiative that assists employees monitor their level of activity and make more informed choices regarding the need for exercise.

The program promotes exercise by encouraging participants to use a pedometer to measure the number of steps they take each day.

While the Central Queensland University program operates all year, the closing date for pedometer grants is June 30.

Up to 150 of the step counters are available for each business.

CQU's 10,000 Steps project leader Dr Mitch Duncan said participation could lead to higher productivity and fewer days off.

"More employers are beginning to reap the

rewards of having workplace-based health programs," Dr Duncan said.

"Everyone benefits, with less sick days taken and a better sense of well-being amongst workers.

Visit www.10000steps.org.au.



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