Hearts of gold! Kilkenny employers rewarded for healthy living initiatives
Two Kilkenny employers have been awarded for prioritising their employee’s health at work, encouraging healthy living and healthy eating.
VHI Healthcare won a gold award and Aut Even Hospital won a bronze award at the Irish Heart Foundation’s Happy Heart Healthy Eating and Active@Work Awards.
Held in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin this week, the awards recognise programmes at work, which assist staff restaurants in adopting healthier cooking practices and providing healthier food choices, with the aim of making the healthier choice the easier choice for employees.
Heart disease and stroke are among Ireland’s leading causes of death. However, 80% of premature heart disease and stroke are preventable through a healthy lifestyle.
Workplaces can play a key part in promoting and offering healthier food choices and physical activity programmes. The Irish Heart Foundation has been supporting healthy workplaces for over 20 years, and through the awards, recognises their efforts for prioritising employees’ heart health.
Health Guru Karl Henry presented the awards alongside Tim Collins, CEO of the Irish Heart Foundation, who was delighted with the culture of healthy living companies are trying to nurture.
“The Irish Heart Foundation is delighted to recognise each of these companies for creating a culture of health and wellbeing and positively influencing people’s cardiovascular health by providing a long-term sustainable programme that demonstrates commitment to the organisation’s most important asset, its employees.”