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Mid Ulster Healthy Lives supports healthier workplaces

02 March 2016

Over 60 employees from Genesis Bakery, Magherafelt benefitted from a health and wellbeing event organised by Mid Ulster District Council in partnership with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust (NHSCT).

The event was organised as part of the Healthy Lives Mid Ulster programme to support health and wellbeing in local workplaces.

The programme, which aims to raise awareness of the lifestyle risk factors for chronic conditions including healthy eating, smoking awareness and exercise, is working closely with some local businesses to develop employee health and wellbeing programmes.

The health checks in Genesis Bakery were carried out over two days using the regional Farm Families Health Checks programme.

The event included health screenings for over 60 employees, offering them a range of checks including blood pressure, weight and cholesterol diabetic risk and general lifestyle advice.

The council and NHSCT have supported the management in Genesis Bakery to develop a Health and Wellbeing action plan. The plan will include a range of events and activities over the year which will focus needs identified by employees around smoking, healthy eating and mental health.

Council and NHSCT Staff will be involved in the delivery of these programmes throughout the year to help highlight the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to the local community.

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Linda Dillon commented on the programme saying: “In today’s society where many people are too busy to worry about their health or go have it checked, I feel it is essential that steps are taken to improve health and well-being in the workplace.

“The Health and well-being programme is a very welcome initiative highlighting very important and relevant issues, including smoking and mental health. Any additional help to combat such issues definitely gets my support and I hope other businesses in the area will get behind the programme too!”

Brian Mc Erlain, Managing Director of Genesis Bakery commented: “As part of ‘living’ our Company values, we want to provide our staff with the opportunity to become more aware of and improve their health and wellbeing. This is not only beneficial to our colleagues, but also to us as an employer and the wider community in which they live and we operate. We are grateful for the support provided by Mid Ulster District Council and the Northern Health and Social Care Trust to date and look forward to developing our partnership for the future.”  

Doreen Bolton, regional co-ordinator of the Farm Families Health check programme commented, “It is very important that health issues are identified and that people recognise that they can make small changes in their lifestyle that will improve their health and prevent illness in later life. We are delighted to be able to complete the health checks as part of a wider Health and Wellbeing pilot programme.”

For more information on the Healthy Lives Mid Ulster programme contact una.okane@midulstercouncil.org or tel: 03000 132 132.

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