Two Waterford companies show a lot of heart to their employees
Two Waterford-based companies and workplaces have been recognised for prioritising their workers’ heart health.
Dawn Pork & Bacon was awarded a silver award, whlie Ball Beverage Packaging Ireland Limited took bronze at the Irish Heart Foundation Happy Hearts Healthy Eating Award and Active@Work Awards at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin.
Presenting the awards alongside Karl Henry, health and fitness expert, broadcaster and author, Tim Collins, CEO of the Irish Heart Foundation, said: “Today we are awarding 102 companies with Happy Heart Healthy Eating and Active@Work Awards. A great way to tackle heart disease and stroke is through workplace wellbeing initiatives such as healthier food promotion, provision in the workplace and sustainable physical activity programmes.”received the Irish Heart Foundation’s Active@Work Award.
“The Irish Heart Foundation is delighted to recognise each of these companies for creating a culture of health and wellbeing and positively influencing people’s cardiovascular health by providing a long-term sustainable programme that demonstrates commitment to the organisation’s most important asset, its employees.”
Heart disease and stroke are among Ireland’s leading causes of death. However, 80% of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable through a healthy lifestyle.
Most adults spend approximately 60% of their waking hours at work, therefore workplaces can play a key part in promoting and offering healthier food choices and physical activity programmes.
It is recommended that people get 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity at least five days of the week, but this does not cancel out the damage caused to our health by sitting for long periods of time.
The Active@Work Award aims to get more employees more active on a continuous basis, rather than just organising a once off activity event, and promotes a culture of physical activity and long-term sustainable programmes.
PHOTO: Karl Henry, Mairead Holland-Flynn, Victoria Jones and Tim Collins