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More than 60 Hereford-based HEINEKEN colleagues are being given the opportunity to work towards better health in the next few months through a pilot wellbeing programme delivered by Halo Leisure.

The colleagues will benefit from a body composition assessment to see how they measure up internally and how their body is made up in terms of bone, muscle, fat, hydration, metabolic age and more.  This insight will be used by the individual, with help from Halo, to take practical steps to build more physical activity into their everyday life. Pedometers, walking challenges and free family swim sessions are just some of the ways the programme will help do this. A final reading at the end of the programme will demonstrate the difference regular exercise can make to health and wellbeing at all levels.

One survey from The British Heart Foundation showed that nearly one in five workers in the UK do absolutely no physical activity during working hours and barely a quarter manage 20 minutes or less over the entire working day. Even though physical activity is shown to help employees manage stress, maintain energy levels, and retain a positive outlook on their day. Other studies have not only shown employers can reduce short term absenteeism (as a result of coughs, colds and flu), and long term sickness absence (due to problems like stress, back pain, heart disease) but are seeing the benefits in the recruitment and retention of employees when their health and happiness is made a priority.

This is the latest partnership in Halo's focus on workplace wellness. As well as the pilot with HEINEKEN they have a long term partnership with Sony UK Technology Centre, which has been shortlisted for a number of national awards. Jane Brydon, HR Director at HEINEKEN, says: "At HEINEKEN we take a holistic approach to the physical and mental health of our colleagues. Taking part in this initiative with Halo will help support our overall Wellbeing strategy and I’m looking forward to seeing the results at Hereford.”

“We’re delighted to see a company like HEINEKEN invest in the health of their workforce in such a direct,  dynamic and very different way.” said Halo’s Partnership Manager, Alex Haines. “It’s a real pleasure to bring all our knowledge of health and fitness into people's working lives, to build relationships with employees who are taking a fresh look at their physical activity, and committed to building simple steps into their daily lives to be more physically active. We are proud of the difference this programme is going to make, and excited about how some of the early initiatives could be developed.”        

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