A blog by Nikki Towler, Marketing Executive at virtualDCS.

On Thursday 4th July virtualDCS hosted its first ever company ‘Healthy Hearts’ day, with the help of Heart Research UK, and we are pleased to say that the day was a great success.

The Healthy Hearts day was originally designed to take place once a year; however, due to heart research ukthe success of the day the team has decided to host another event in six months.

The day began with a confidential lifestyle assessment, where after a series of checks including a body mass index and a blood pressure assessment, members of virtualDCS were given an overall health score between 1 and 40.

 

The scores broke down into the following categories:

0-20: Your lifestyle is generally following healthy heart guidelines.

21 – 28: Certain aspects of your lifestyle may be putting you at an increased risk of developing heart disease.

29-35: Several aspects of your lifestyle may be putting you at an increased risk of developing heart disease.

36+: Your lifestyle is putting you at an increased risk of developing heart disease.

Working from the scores and the advice offered from Heart Research, over the next six months the team will be working on improving their overall health scores. We hope that scores from the next corporate health day will show some positive improvements.

After the health checks, virtualDCS organised a healthy buffet for all involved, which acted as a representation of the NHS ‘eat well plate’ and included oily fish, nuts, fruits and seeds.

 

Eat well plate

Heart Healthy lunch

 

This was then followed by a corporate walk along the Leeds-Liverpool canal, led by Heart Research.

 

virtualDCS and Heart Research UK and their company walk.

From left to right:

Katharine from HRUK, John Murray, Nikki Towler, Ryan Barlow, Peter Bowers and Matthew Chamberlain.

 

“We’ve received nothing but positive feedback from the event so far. The day offered a variety of team building activities and healthy advice so I’d strongly recommend that other organisations hold similar days. I can see positive differences in employees already” said Richard May, Managing Director of virtualDCS.

 

The virtualDCS team

From left to right, the virtualDCS team:

Top – Nikki Towler, Matthew Chamberlain, John Murray, David Hocking, Asif Malik and Ryan Barlow.

Bottom – Peter Bowers, Matthew Sharpe, Emma Cunningham-Booth, Richard May and Ross Devine. 

 

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