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foodCompany ethos or mission statement:

‘HealthAhead’ - The journey to better health and well-being for our employees and their families. A holistic wellness programme to build and nurture a culture of health and provide GE employees with the resources they need to get and stay healthy.

A brief summary of why you have become a healthy workplace:

We recognise the importance of offering opportunities for employees to make healthy choices in the workplace.

Recent Health & Wellbeing activities on offer:

Flu jabs, free private medical cover, free eye tests, sun safe sessions; healthy options in canteen, healthy boxes, free fruit day (weekly), free weight watchers online for all; yoga/football/beach olympics/badminton; smoking cessation sessions; stress elearning course; mental health stand, onsite masseur visits

Plans/ Aims for next year:

Continue with all the above and add Swiss ball challenge, 50% subsidy on gyms/clubs, back pain prevention workshops.

Have you achieved a Healthy Workplace award already?

Yes – silver in 2010 and gold in 2011




I had a very stressful time in my personal life the day before and I had to come into work feeling very unlike myself I was unable to concentrate etc the massages really helped straighten me out and I felt like I could cope with the day."

"Our role as collections agents can be very repetitive and stressful due to being target orientated. It is nice to see that the company recognise the importance of wellbeing of the staff and to give us the opportunity to do try activities that can be so beneficial.

- Staff
Occupational Health

Where occupational health was provided, 39% of companies recorded a decline in short-term absence, whilst 28% experienced a reduction in long-term absence [CIPD 2008].


 “We have learned so much through the Cornwall Workplace Health Award Programme already, and are keen that we pass this learning on to our staff.  With many organisations already represented, we were surprised we haven’t got involved sooner as it’s so aligned to our overall ‘Wellbeing Ambition’ that working for the Environment Agency will improve health and wellbeing”

Steve Marks, Environment Agency

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