Our annual workplace awards took place on Nov 15th in the Gibson Hotel. There were two award categories – one for healthy eating and one for physical activity supported by the HSE, which benefits 50,000 employees around Ireland each year.
The Irish Heart Foundation has been boosting the heart health of almost half a million employees in more than 400 companies nationwide for over 20 years through our annual workplace awards.
Workplace health promotion reduces absenteeism, increases productivity and improves employee morale.
This year – 62 companies were certified by the Irish Heart Foundation with Healthy Eating Awards for their ongoing commitment to providing and promoting healthy meal options in their restaurants.
The Active@Work Award, was presented to 41 companies in recognition of efforts to boost employee physical activity levels at work.
Presenting the awards, Tim Collins, CEO of the Irish Heart Foundation, said: “The Irish Heart Foundation leads the fight to save lives and make life better for those suffering from heart disease and stroke. The good news is that 80% of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable through lifestyle change. This represents a huge opportunity to positively influence people’s cardiovascular risk though encouraging and supporting active living, healthy eating and other healthy behaviours.
"The workplace is an ideal setting for health promotion and the promotion of physical activity as a positive health behaviour.
“Our workplace programme has been the flagship of our health promotion initiatives for two decades and it’s very heartening to see so many companies across the country receiving our Healthy Eating and Active@Work Awards and contributing greatly to the effort.”
"Healthy eating and active at work awards are crucial to creating a healthier environment"
Increased physical activity can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by as much as 20% to 35% and it can prevent and lower blood pressure, reduce stress and help improve mood.
Furthermore, an active work force can boost productivity by 4-15%, absenteeism can reduce by up to 20% and workplace injuries can reduce by up to 25%.