Lidl has announced the roll out of its Health & Wellness programme, combining Ireland’s largest corporate cardiac screening programme and the 'Walk to the Moon Step Challenge'.
A purpose-built bus will bring Laya Healthcare’s HeartBeat mobile cardiac station to 143 Lidl stores, warehouses and regional offices at 61 locations nationwide, over three times a month.
Lidl employees will be able to make their appointment online for a screening, which will involve a personal and family history questionnaire, a physical examination with a physician, and a full ECG together with the analysis of the medical data and final reporting.
Paul Martin, Head of HR at Lidl commented; “10,000 people die from heart attack and stroke each year. Statistics have also shown that two young people are lost to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) each week.
"In advance of the Healthy Heart Month, the Lidl screening allows for the detection of underlying heart conditions that may lead to or cause SADS; it will help identify many cardiac abnormalities and help to save lives,” he added.
D.O. O’Connor, Deputy Managing Director and Director of Business Development, Laya Healthcare said; “We are delighted to partner with Lidl as they look after the health of their entire team. This is the largest corporate cardiac screening to take place in Ireland; taking place on the bespoke Lidl double decker bus, touring around the country.”
The Lidl Walk to the Moon Step Challenge 2015 aims to get all Lidl employees, stores and departments to walk 325,000 km, the equivalent of walking to the moon, to raise money for the charity partner Barretstown.
The nearly 2,500 employees signed up have received a walking starter pack including a sports bag, pedometer, water bottle and nutritional guide to help them reach their goal. So far the Lidl team has walked three-quarters of the way, and on reaching the finish line, will donate €50,000 to Barretstown.
© 2015 - Checkout Magazine by Jenny Whelan.