There’s a new item on the agenda of Peel Regional Council meetings — stress breaks.
The one-minute stress break, once an hour, is the work of the region’s Healthy by Design committee and is now part of all Peel council meetings.
The response from around the council chamber has been positive, Peel Region chair Emil Kolb told 680News.
Last week, he stopped the meeting and told everyone to stand up and stretch.
“They all stood up and I asked even the audience to stand up and they did, too,” he said.
He thinks the break will help keep everyone at council focused.
“I think it really helps them pay attention to their own health and probably be more involved in the meeting. It is a six-or-seven hour day, which is mostly sitting,” he said.
Kolb was an easy sell for the stress break. He had bypass surgery 23 years ago and says regular exercise is part of his living healthy routine. He says a healthy work environment is good for everyone.
He is already thinking of how to make the break better.
“A slight bit of music or something for them to dance to. I think that would be good.”