newThis group of North Coast Area Health Service workers are putting their hands up for the environment — and their health.

At the recent North Coast Area Health Service (NCAHS) Occupational Health and Safety Forum held in Grafton, NCAHS Chief Executive Chris Crawford officially launched the One Car Less Program.

One Car Less is a health initiative encouraging staff to leave their car at home at least one day per week and to walk, cycle, car pool or use public transport to work, to increase levels of physical activity and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“We developed One Car Less after finding out the majority of our staff drive solo to work at least three or more days per week and yet 19% live within 5km of their workplace. There was also expressed interest in finding alternative ways of travelling to and from work,” said NCAHS Health Promotion Nutrition and Physical Activity Co-ordinator Jillian Adams.

“With around 8000 staff we can make a difference – we can be role models for walking and cycling to work, we can create a demand for accessible and affordable public transport and we can start a trend in car-pooling.”

The show of hands at the One Car Less launch demonstrated the commitment by NCAHS staff as over 90% had car-pooled, walked, cycled or used pubic transport that day.