Fitness at work
Bowling, golfing, dancing
At ebm-papst Finland, staff could actively improve their fitness during this year’s GreenDay campaign.
Back in October 2014, our Finnish colleagues had already started a voluntary campaign to raise awareness for eating habits and the benefits of doing sports. This year saw the continuation of this program as GreenDay campaign, including talks on nutrition and diets, exercising with a professional coach and body fat measuring.
There’s more to it than meets the eye
One positive effect of the ongoing campaign is the fact that some colleagues started to work out more. Another effect is that staff has an increased awareness of food and nutrition. Over lunch, you can now hear people discussing the nutritional information on food labels or how the food is produced and where it comes from. Is the produce organically grown? Is it as fresh as possible? How much transport was involved in getting them on the plate in the canteen? Is the food we eat every day produced in a sustainable way?
Getting fit AND having fun!
On the actual GreeenDay, some easy and moderate sports were offered to allow all staff to join in. The aim was to do something to get or stay in shape, but also to have fun doing it together. These sports included bowling, a dancing game with X-Box, a simulated round of golfing and, for the agile, a laser obstacle race. Moreover, our colleagues could try their hands at bow-and-arrow practice or four different kinds of driving simulations. After all the physical activity, dinner was served in a sea-side restaurant. However, staff had to first demonstrate what they had learnt – there was a quiz on the nutritional talks they had attended months before. The two colleagues with the best results in the quiz won an E-Bike each.
ebm-papst colleagues taking part in 10-km race
Apart from all the activities offered in our Finnish subsidiary on 5 June 2015, two more activities are also closely associated with the GreenDay campaign: Four colleagues from ebm-papst Finland took part in the 10-km race in Helsinki, which takes place at the end of May every year and is for sportswomen only. This year, a total number of 16,000 women took part in this race.
Also in May, there was an article on ebm-papst and an ad in the Finnish magazine “Yritysvastuu” (social responsibility). For the report, a number of managers from different companies and politics were interviewed – among them Frank From, the managing director of ebm-papst Finland. The ad showed a woman sponsored by ebm-papst who is one of the best triathletes in the world.