Though most people would agree that making healthy habits a priority is a goal they strive towards, finding the time and resources to adopt those habits is often more than a little challenging. Busy work schedules and ongoing family and personal commitments can make it nearly impossible to fit in exercise and general wellness practices.
Increasingly, companies realize that when wellness initiatives are offered in the workplace, it not only helps employees stay healthier, but also improves overall productivity. According to the Centers for Disease Control, companies that support workplace health have a greater percentage of employees at work every day and healthier employees are less likely to call in sick or use vacation time due to illness.
This week AstraZeneca reinforced its commitment to workplace wellness by welcoming employees to the newly renovated Fitness Center and Health and Wellness Center in Wilmington, Del., AstraZeneca’s North America Headquarters. A festive wellness fair featured tours of the new facilities, free massages, golf lessons, food tastings and opportunities to visit a range of local wellness suppliers. The YMCA, Weight Watchers, Delaware Running Club, Christiana Hospital and many others provided information about their services, free samples and discounts to those who attended the fair. The event was an effort to remind employees of all the programs and resources available that support health and fitness.
Laura Mably, Vice President, US Human Resources, cut the ceremonial ribbon for the new facilities, after announcing that the Fitness Center will be free of charge for employees to use. “We know that healthy and engaged employees are more productive employees,” said Mably. “Our wellness slogan is – my wellness. It starts with me! We’re taking steps to make it easier to get healthier.”
In its new location, the Fitness Center features more space, upgraded exercise equipment and locker rooms, and a beautiful outdoor view with a lot of natural light. With a dedicated spin room and separate studio, employees can take advantage of the newly expanded class schedule. The Health and Wellness Center saves employees valuable time by offering an on-site pharmacy, physical therapist, lab services, as well as preventive, acute and urgent care services.
Chris Kalina, Lead, Employee Health and Wellness added, “We want everyone who works on this campus to know about the many activities available in Wilmington that promote employee wellbeing. These programs are all about helping our employees stay productive and engaged by being healthy. We want to be a great place to work!”