Two Otago Polytechnic students have been chosen to ''Live the
Dream'' after developing a workplace wellness programme
trialled at the Otago Corrections Facility.
Kirsty Currie and Hamish McDonnell were selected to take part
in the ''Live the Dream'' programme for their workplace
health and activity management programme, piloted with the
Corrections Facility and Otago Community Probation Services
The programme was so successful Ms Currie has been employed
one day a week to continue her involvement with the staff.
The pair, both bachelor of applied science students at the
Otago Institute of Sport and Adventure, will go to Wellington
for 10 weeks over summer, and be provided with resources and
business mentors to help develop their idea.
Ms Currie said ''workplace wellness'' was often overlooked.
''We set about making small changes, including nutrition and
exercise, and addressed social habits, including smoking.
''A team of eight people lost a total of 32kg and three
people stopped smoking. It was a real success and testament
to the staff members who wanted to make a positive change,''
Mr McDonnell said they were both ''stoked'' to be chosen
after recently travelling to Wellington and pitching their
concept to a panel of entrepreneurial experts.
''It's been a lot of hard work to get to this position, but
it's been worth it,'' he said.