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GCS Wellbeing Week initiative gets immediate results

GCS Wellbeing Week initiative gets immediate results

 

“I had no clue that I was diabetic” says long-time GCS employee Angela Dunn. “When we got the results back from the blood sugar test, I was told to go and see my Doctor, who has since confirmed Type 2 diabetes and put me on the appropriate medication to get it under control.”

               A recently implemented initiative, GCS’ Wellbeing Week set out to raise awareness of health within the workplace and has had an immediate impact. Whilst most notable in the diagnosis of Dunn’s condition, the 25-minute health checks, provided to all GCS employees, turned up other interesting results, including early indications of poor glycaemic control noticed in other staff. Nutritional therapists provided individual recommendations for modifications in diet and lifestyle, which have already led to increased energy levels and better work performance.

               Wellbeing Week was arranged in collaboration with Precious Health Ltd, who declared in a report that, with regard to workplace wellbeing programmes, “the way forward for SMEs is epitomised by GCS”. In addition to the health check-ups, all GCS employees received eye tests and head and shoulder massages. The health-conscious attitude has even spilled into the reception area, where a large bowl of continually replenished fruit has since become a mainstay.

               “The health of our employees is a huge priority for us” says company founder Chris Bartlett. “We want the very best for everyone who joins GCS. Making Wellbeing Week an annual event will help everyone in the company maintain a healthy and, ultimately, more successful lifestyle.”

               As a direct result of the enthusiasm stemming from Wellbeing Week, GCS Running clubs have been started across the UK offices. Bartlett himself has joined the Reading running club, getting an early start in training for the 2012 London Marathon alongside Managing Director (and 2011 London Marathon runner) David Bloxham.

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