Case Study - Mars in the UK
Gold Award Winner of 2011 Community Partnership Awards: Health and Wellbeing
Winning with Wellness
Mars believes that its employees are its greatest assets and
that providing schemes that care for them is driven by two of its
guiding principles, Responsibility and Mutuality.
It believes that good health is good business and that its
Winning with Wellness programme is a fundamental element
of achieving this aim.
Mars' programme aims to provide all its employees, nearly
2500 people, with opportunities to be better informed about
their health and help them to make choices about how to lead
There is a strong focus on nutrition, physical activity, stress
management and stopping smoking. The programme is
constantly evolving and recent additions include the introduction
of Wellness Weeks; more free activity classes; and displaying
nutrition information in canteens.
Winning with Wellness is managed by the occupational health
team who are also available to provide personalised advice to
each employee throughout the year. Health testing takes place
during Wellness Weeks including cholesterol, blood pressure,
glucose and BMI checks. Free chiropody sessions and massage
sessions have also been offered as part of Mars' holistic
approach to wellness.
Gyms have been installed at many sites that are available for
use seven days per week. Physical activities are offered at the
sites including football, circuit training, pilates and salsa along
with the provision of facilities such as showers, changing rooms
and bicycle racks to make exercising easier.
Mars also runs specific events to support national initiatives
including National Salt Awareness Week, Change4Life and
'Biggest Loser' diet challenges.
The programme also supports charities. Employees have raised
money for both local and national charities through Bike4Life
and Walk4Life events with money being raised for each mile
walked or cycled either indoors on a treadmill or static bike or
outside around dedicated site walks that cover a distance of up
to ¾ mile.
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