Irish Life’s Wellness Month launched by Philly McMahon
Launching the company’s Wellness Month with Philly Mc Mahon and the Sam McGuire only two days after the All Ireland was an exciting and inspiring start for Irish Life employees. The agenda for the remainder of the month is just as impressive including contributions from experts such as Operation Transformation’s, Karl Henry and Crionna Tobin, one of the highest profile sports nutritionists in Ireland.
Research by Irish Life shows that more than half of the working population would be interested in receiving more health and wellbeing benefits in their workplace. As a key indicator of the company’s commitment to health and wellbeing, a Health & Wellbeing Co-Ordinator has been appointed to manage a variety of activities with a health and wellbeing focus and to drive and sustain participation.
At the launch Philly spoke eloquently to Irish Life staff about the importance of living a balanced lifestyle and how mindfulness has helped him flourish both on the pitch and off the pitch with relationships and work. There was no candidate more suited to kick start Irish Life’s wellness month than lifelong pioneer and equally successful business and sports man, Philly Mc Mahon.
He introduced the four brave Irish Life employees who are the main wellness ambassadors for the month of October. These ambassadors will start their wellness journey by having a little less wine, a little less social media, a little less smoking and a little more exercise. Their progress and experience will be promoted to all staff through the company’s blog. To support them and other staff along their wellness journey the company offers a range of exercise classes at the onsite recreational centre including Pilates, spinning and much more. As well as this, employees have an in-house quit smoking support group and a weight loss group, Mission Slim Possible.
Irish Life provides staff with a variety of activities and social events throughout the year which help create a feeling of team spirit and camaraderie, enhancing morale and personal development. Employees can try their hand at golf, tag rugby, running, walking, indoor-soccer and squash, just to name a few. On September 10th over 300 Irish Life employees participated in Hell and Back and raised a staggering €110,000 for the two Irish Life staff charities. For the less faint hearted book club, back care, food sampling, mindfulness, choir and photography is also available.
For Irish Life, the company is seen as genuinely committed to the wellbeing of individuals and communities all over Ireland. Irish Life decided to generously commit to a three-year €1 million corporate social responsibility (CSR) partnership with the GAA to grow the Healthy Clubs (HC) project. Sixty clubs nationwide are currently participating in Phase 2 of the HC project, at least one in each county. Top priorities for clubs include mental fitness, diet & nutrition, community development, social engagement, smoking, recreational activities for non- playing members. The aim of the GAA’s partnership with Irish Life is to help ensure that this project achieves its full potential, continues to be thoroughly evaluated, and impacts positively on the lives of thousands of Irish people.