Westfield Health Supports £ for lb Challenge
Over 1,500 employees from 36 companies across Northern Ireland have been tackling their weight and changing their lifestyles through the Business in the Community’s £ for lb 12 week challenge, supported by Westfield Health.
Collectively, the employees lost 9,467 lbs (676 stone) – this equates to the weight of the average killer whale!
The £ for lb Challenge is a work-based weight loss programme that encourages employees to adopt a healthier lifestyle while at the same time raising money for local charities. It has been supported by Westfield Health for three consecutive years.
Lorraine Milne, our Senior Business Development Consultant in Northern Ireland, attended the campaign’s awards ceremony and said “This initiative is something that we are extremely passionate about.
“We recently undertook a survey which found that over half of British workers do not get up from their desk at all during a working day, apart from going to the toilet. 60% of British workers spend most of their day sitting down and over half of us don’t even stretch our legs at lunchtime.
“It takes decisive action to tackle such a big problem, and this begins with confronting all the unhealthy habits that lead to inactivity in the workplace.
“The £ for lb Challenge is a wonderful approach to this. It is an innovative and practical scheme which not only helps those individuals looking to make lifestyle changes and lead healthier lives, but importantly it helps so many others too.”
This year the challenge raised over £17,000 for a range of Northern Ireland charities.
Amy Kieran from Business in the Community commented: “The ‘£ for lb Challenge’ is not a short-term fix – it aims to make an impact beyond the 12 weeks of the programme, inspiring employees to make positive and sustainable long-term changes that benefit their own health and wellbeing and that of their families and friends. The support of both the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Westfield Health has been key in ensuring the continued success of this initiative.”