Berwickshire High School and Duns-based Farne Salmon were amongst the Borders organisations honoured at the Healthy Working Lives awards last week.
The Berwickshire High School was given a Mental Health Commendation Award while Farne Salmon was presented with a bronze award.
The school and fish producers were two if 11 organisations recognised at the ceremony held at Borders General Hospital.
The Healthy Working Lives award programme was launched to encourage employers to promote a healthier lifestyle to their workforce and covers a wide range of topics including health promotion, occupational health and safety, employability, mental health and well-being, community involvement, and health and the environment.
Organisations must meet certain core criteria to achieve the four levels of award (Bronze, Silver, Gold and the Mental Health Commendation), however the programme is designed to be flexible so that employers can select the topics most relevant to their own workforce.
Other bronze award winners included Cherrytrees Nursery in Melrose and Hawick while other organisations given a Mental Health Commendation included Selkirk-based Stark Main and Co.
Hawick Knitwear, Stark Main and Co, Selkirk, Princess Royal Trust For Carers Borders Carers Centre in Galashiels and Borders all received gold awards.
All of the businesses honoured achieved their awards by taking a number of steps to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of their staff.
These included being pro-active in reducing occupational health and safety risks, promoting healthy eating and physical activity, mental health and well-being, safer drinking, providing lifestyle health checks and for those achieving the higher levels of the award, through the development of policies and procedures to support staff health and wellbeing.
Explaining the importance of the awards, Dr Eric Baijal, Joint Director of Public Health said: “During these very challenging economic times, it becomes vital that organisations look after their number one asset, their staff.
“Being proactive in addressing health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace leads to a safer, healthier and more motivated workforce.”
Congratulating the award winners, Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive for Border Sports and Leisure added: “It is great to hear about to the support and encouragement being given to people employed in local businesses to enjoy healthier, more active lifestyles and the enthusiasm with which employees are taking on this opportunity.
“I would like to congratulate all the organisations who received their Healthy Working Lives Award.
“Their achievement demonstrates a real commitment to providing a healthier and safer workplace and I hope it inspires other Borders businesses to follow suit.”