A commitment to improving health in the workplace has led to South Tyneside Council achieving an award.
The Council has improved its performance in the North East Better Health at Work awards, moving up from a Bronze level to achieve a Silver award.
To achieve silver status, the Council had to show it was embedding health and wellbeing in the organisation, supporting their health advocates and encouraging physical activity. It also had to take part in at least four national health-related campaigns or events.
Councillor Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing, said: "There is evidence which demonstrates that healthier workplaces have a positive impact on employees, resulting in reduced sickness levels and work-related injuries and improved morale and performance. This can lead to a reduction in staff turnover of up 25 per cent which ultimately saves the council money.
"It is a privilege to be a partner in this scheme and see our efforts to improve the health of our employees recognised in this way. By supporting this scheme, we also hope to encourage more employers to sign up and invest in their staff's wellbeing too."
The Better Health at Work Award is a partnership between the Northern TUC, the 12 local authorities in the region and the NHS. It is also supported by Public Health England.