Vas­sallo Group holds Healthy Life­styles Week

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Vas­sallo Group of Com­pa­nies held its first Healthy Life­styles Week for all its em­ploy­ees. The aim of this week, or­gan­ised in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Health Pro­mo­tion and Dis­ease Preven­tion Di­rec­torate, was aimed at pro­mot­ing a health­ier life­style for over 1,500 em­ploy­ees em­ployed with sub­sidiary com­pa­nies Care­malta, Vas­sallo Builders and CaterEssence.

It is in­creas­ingly be­ing recog­nised that a healthy work­force is ben­e­fi­cial to em­ploy­ers too. A pos­i­tive, safe and healthy en­vi­ron­ment for em­ploy­ees, is di­rectly linked to in­creased morale, im­proved work-life bal­ance which, in turn, pos­i­tively im­pacts the busi­ness.

Each day was ded­i­cated to dif­fer­ent top­ics cov­er­ing healthy eat­ing, preven­tion of cancer, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, ben­e­fits of a smoke-free life, as well as so­cial and emo­tional well­be­ing. Ac­tiv­i­ties held dur­ing the week in­cluded talks by pro­fes­sion­als held at dif­fer­ent places of work, free check-ups, fit­ness and pi­lates ses­sions, healthy break­fasts and lunches as well as a walk.

This ini­tia­tive has both shortas well as long-term goals. As a fol­low-up the Group will be en­cour­ag­ing em­ploy­ees to en­roll in weight man­age­ment and smok­ing ces­sa­tion pro­grammes, at­tend a Rich­mond Foun­da­tion pro­gramme and start ex­er­cis­ing on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. A group-wide em­ployee health sur­vey, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Health Pro­mo­tion and Dis­ease Preven­tion Di­rec­torate, will also be held next year.

A num­ber of pri­vate com­pa­nies and en­ti­ties col­lab­o­rated with Vas­sallo Group to of­fer dis­counts on a num­ber of re­lated ser­vices such as screen­ing for sev­eral types of cancer by St James Hos­pi­tal, gym sub­scrip­tions by 24/7 Fit­ness Cen­tre and Ni­umee. V.J. Sala­m­one, the Rich­mond Foun­da­tion and Dr John Zam­mit Mon­te­bello also pro­vided their as­sis­tance dur­ing the week.

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