A healthy and well-informed work force means a better performing and more sustainable company. Reason for Rosebel’s medical department to use every opportunity to educate employees on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Research indicates that diseases such as hypertension and diabetes mellitus are occurring more frequently worldwide. Along with other risk factors of cardiovascular disease, they significantly influence the health of individuals and increase workplace absenteeism.
Against this background, Rosebel’s Medical department hosted a health fair called “Healthy people in a healthy workforce” on March 21, 2017. The fair was an integral part of the department’s “Rosebel Workplace Wellness Plan” which emphasizes the importance of preventive health care, in addition to patient care and medical monitoring of health risks on the mine site.The fair’s focus: “Knowing your numbers.” Employees were able to have their blood pressure, blood glucose level, weight and height measured. Information on diabetes mellitus and the benefits of brown rice were shared, as well as how to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Sharon Bauer, Medical Superintendent, commented: “Healthy living is within everyone’s reach. It is a long-term commitment, but each of us can take small steps every day to pave the way and reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and other serious diseases. Educating our colleagues is a must to prevent illnesses and positively influence the company’s performance. We want every employee to reach their home safe … and healthy!”