Regular exercise is an essential part of looking after your wellbeing. It is widely known that a weekly exercise routine can make vast improvements to your physical health and recent research has also shown that physical activity has a positive impact on mental health. The Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) promotes physical activity as an essential part of a healthy lifestyle though education and programs as follows:
The Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) is the world's largest corporate health and wellbeing event, starting on 23 May, 2013, and running for 16 weeks. It combines exercise, fun, team based challenge and 'virtual' interactive experiences in some of the most amazing places on earth. The challenge is to team up with seven other people, track the number of steps each person takes and try to increase that amount each day. Each participating team member enters their daily steps online. The website then converts steps to distance and takes participants on a 'virtual' tour of the world. This program is an innovative way of motivating people to increase their daily exercise.Global Corporate Challenge can be a great option for workplaces wanting to increase their physical activity levels. It's particularly competitive and fun when you have more than one team within a workplace participating in the program. Departmental workplaces have also said how much the program did to improve their team relationships!
Funding for participation in this program is the responsibility of individual business units, schools and TAFE institutes. All participants in this year's challenge will receive two GCC pedometers and access to GCC's online resources.
Register your team for the challenge before Friday 3 May 2013 by visiting the GCC DETE registration portal . For more information about the program visit the GCC website . For entry fee information use the GCC cost calculator .
To help recruit a team, distribute the GCC poster 1.3M at your workplace.
Each year, the Department supports a Queensland Government joint team entry in the Queensland Corporate Games. The Games were established in 1992 to encourage companies to support employees' pursuit of a more active, healthier lifestyle and each year over 20,000 Australians compete in Corporate Games nationally.
The department is participating in the Queensland Corporate Games for 2013. The games run over three days from 17-19 May 2013 in Brisbane and includes 15 sports for participants to choose from, ranging from volleyball, soccer and badminton.
The PSC is funding the entry fees and t-shirt costs for the first 2500 Queensland Government employees. Further entry and payment information for Department of Education, Training and Employment employees can be obtained by contacting Wayne Hunt on 3405 3803.
Enter the Queensland Corporate Games in Brisbane, and let's make our team bigger and better in 2013!
10,000 Steps is a free health promotion program that encourages the use of step-counting pedometers to monitor your daily physical activity levels.
DETE staff can participate as an individual, or a workplace can get involved. For more information, visit the 10 000 Steps website.
DETE encourages local initiatives to support active lifestyles such as the availability to use stairwells instead of lifts and shower/locker facilities in Central Office. For more information about active lifestyle initiatives please email the Organisational Health Unit in Central Office or your local regional office.
This page was last reviewed on 17 Apr 2012