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Millar Western: a healthy place to work


April 20, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

At a ceremony at the Alberta Government House last Friday, Premier Ralph Klein, along with Health and Wellness Mini…

At a ceremony at the Alberta Government House last Friday, Premier Ralph Klein, along with Health and Wellness Minister Iris Evans, presented Millar Western’s Whitecourt Pulp Division with an Award of Merit from the Premier’s Award for Healthy Workplaces.
According to the Whitecourt Star, the Premier’s Award for Healthy Workplaces is designed to recognize companies in Alberta that provide strategies, initiatives, policies and/or programs that promote, support and enhance a healthy workplace.
In the article, mill manager Bob Leslie is quoted as saying, “Our team has done a tremendous job in motivating our employees and providing them with useful information, education and tools to help them reach their goals.”
He indicated that the mill’s programs reflect a company-wide commitment to health and safety. “While these programs benefit our employees, they also benefit the company. We see less absenteeism, greater energy levels, a more positive outlook and enhanced productivity as a result of improved health and fitness levels among our employees.”
The Whitecourt pulp mill’s healthy workplace initiative began in 1999 and has evolved to include many fun and innovative programs, including the following:
Walk Across Canada Program, which provides employees with pedometers to track their daily step count;
Personal Trainer Program, which provides one-on-one health and fitness counselling to employees, to help them realize the New Year’s resolutions; and
Hold-The-Stuffing Program, which provides nutritional advice to employees to help them avoid weight gain during the holiday season.

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