How can PPPs ease health promotion at the workplace?
According to the WHO, “The workplace directly influences the physical, mental, economic and social well-being of workers and in turn the health of their families, communities and society. It offers an ideal setting and infrastructure to support the promotion of health of a large audience.”*
If public authorities’ involvement to address public health issues is obvious, their engagement to fulfil such a goal at the workplace is not so evident. However, PPPs gathering public and private entities with the objective of promoting health among employees exist, notably at the EU level.
They have proved to be very efficient to prevent from various health problems, be they physical (from safety advice to nutrition and physical activities information) or psychosocial (through work-life balance measures or well-being promotion) with multipliers effects from the workplace to the private circle of relatives and friends with positive impacts for a national/local economy.
The next Policies and Practices’ session will focus on:
- the principles at the basis of the development of PPPs in the field of health promotion (why is it important for both public and private entities to work together on such an issue?)
- the existing capacity to implement health promotion programmes at the workplace and their impacts
Speakers addressing these issues include:
- Laurence Doughan, Coordinator of the Belgian National Food and Health Plan at SPF Santé publique
- Marc De Greef, Owner and Managing Director at Prevent
*Quotation from WHO website http://www.who.int/occupational_health/topics/workplace/en/