Amacus hosts North East Better Health at Work Award celebration event


Better Health at Work Award companies at 2015 celebration event

Amacus has hosted their annual health and wellbeing celebration event on Tuesday evening (17th March) in Sunderland, where 19 companies across the North East were recognised for improving the health and well-being of their employees.

Amacus, an award-winning training company, offers local businesses a free health scheme to help improve the lives of their employees in the work place, with the Hartlepool-based company recognising their efforts by hosting the ‘Better Health at Work Award’ celebration event on Tuesday evening in Washington, Sunderland.

Amacus’ managing director Christine Hall, said: “Amacus are delighted to have been able to support so many excellent companies to achieve the Better Health at Work Award for 2014 and we are proud of the difference they are making to the health of their employees.”

The Better Health at Work Award is a partnership between the Northern TUC, the 12 local authorities in the region and the NHS, which is also supported by employers and other stakeholders including Public Health England.

Companies of all sizes and sectors have taken part in the free scheme from housing provider Gentoo to Alex Smiles Waste Logistics, as well as mental health charity Washington Mind.

Businesses that have taken part in the course have supported their employees to improve their health and well-being on various topics such as healthy eating, fitness, mental wellbeing, smoking cessation and cancer awareness.

The course has also helped highlight health issues in some of the members of staff that took part, as they were referred on to health professionals for problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes, which could have gone unnoticed.

Kath Bailey, Sunderland City Council’s Consultant in Public Health, said: “The Directors of Public Health across the North East recognise the importance of supporting employers to improve workplace health and that is why they collectively commission the North East Better Health at Work Award”.

“We are very grateful to Amacus for the work they do with employers across Sunderland and for arranging the event.”

The scheme encourages innovative campaigns that can be implemented in the work place, with events like ‘Fruity Friday’, which provides free fruit for all employees.

Grundfos Manufacturing Limited arranged a World Cup penalty shoot-out involving a local primary school in the summer to boost physical activity, while integrating their health regime with the local community.

More than 400 employers from companies across the North East have taken part in the scheme since 2008.