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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
Beach Games Feedback

"The beach games were amazing - the weather was horrendous, but the day was brilliant - it was a great way of getting to know colleagues from other departments, and what better way than over a game of footie!" - Jacquie Pilcher, Extra Care Coordinator, Coastline Housing Ltd

Success Story

My name is Tony King and I'm part of the Maintenance Team at YMCA Cornwall.  When I first started working here, I spotted the Cycle to Work Scheme on a poster so I thought I would enquire about it.

It's very easy to set up; you can get up to £1000 which covers the cost of the bike, a lock, helmet and lights.  All you had to do was go to the bike shop and choose your bike.

Since getting my bike, I've now been cycling for the past 18 months from Hayle (to Penzance) which is 11 miles.  I feel fitter, I've lost weight and it has got me into cycling having been cycling in France and Belgium.  Next year I'm going cycling in Holland.

All in all, it's a good scheme and I would highly recommend it.

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