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Council workers encouraged to ‘Be Well’ throughout Women’s Health Week

06 October 2016

Derry City and Strabane District Council is hosting a week of events promoting health and well-being to its employees as part of its ‘Be Well’ programme and in support of Women’s Health Week, which will run from 10th until 14th October.

Activities and events will include walks, health checks, weight loss sessions and healthy eating programmes to encourage council employees and particularly its female employees to become more active and healthy.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock who is planning to take part in some of the events and said, ‘It is important that Council lead the way with health and well-being initiatives in the workplace. Many women lead busy lives and it is important they take time to talk about their own issues and think more about themselves and what they can do to be healthier.’

A spokesperson from Councils Human Resources department added, ‘These type of events and activities go beyond Women’s Health Week. Council is proactive in encouraging its employees to be more mindful of their health and well-being. Programmes such as the ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme and weight loss programmes are run throughout the year to appeal to staff with various interests to get active and be more conscious of their welfare.’

‘Council encourages all businesses to get involved in Women’s Health Week and encourage their employees to think healthy. Introducing physical activity to workers daily routines can prevent and manage various conditions. Considering we spend a third of our waking hours in work and with more that 160 million working days lost each year due to sickness and absenteeism, promoting a healthy mental and physical workplace can benefit businesses making them more productive in the long run.’

Council’s ‘Be Well’ initiative is aimed at encouraging employees to get well and be well in all areas of their life. Derry City and Strabane District Council have also a number of activities going on in its leisure centres each week catering to women’s fitness, for further details on these visit www.derrystrabane.com/Leisure.

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