Council links with Sunderland customer service centre to promote better health
Sunderland City Council has teamed up with EDF Energy's local customer service centre and a national charity to promote the importance of health and wellbeing.
EDF Energy, based at Doxford International Business Park, hosted a special health assessment event for all employees, which included examinations of participants’ levels of body fat, water percentage, blood pressure and other indicators.
Staff were also offered advice on how to improve their health and wellbeing from EDF Energy’s Occupational Health team as well as Sunderland City Council’s Wellness Coordinator, Peter Tate. A representative from charity Sustrans, Lucy Fenwick, was also in attendance to give to advice on the benefits of cycling and tips on safe cycle routes to work.
Natalie Fucile, Customer Relations Manager at EDF Energy Doxford said: “The involvement from Sunderland City Council and Sustrans has been a great help in promoting health and wellbeing for our staff and through them to the wider community. We have seen some fantastic health improvements over recent visits and we hope to continue this through the partnership.
“Staff participation has been impressive and we are seeing more and more employees taking an interest in their own health and passing on the information they take away to friends and family.”
In a bid to support the health and wellbeing of its 1600 employees, the EDF Energy team has enjoyed completing many health-related milestones, including ‘Fit Clubs’ and activities led by health and wellbeing charities.
Peter Tate said: “EDF Energy is always a great place to visit because so many people are willing to participate and are really enthusiastic. I have seen some great improvements during my visits and look forward to documenting further milestones for the staff here.
“Our ultimate aim is to contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of residents across Sunderland as a whole, and I know we can rely on those at the centre to take on our professional advice and share tips to others.”
EDF Energy was also awarded the North East Better Health at Work Award - Continuing Excellence level last year, which encourages businesses to spread health advice and support within the company and to the wider community. This is the fifth consecutive year that the company has been awarded the NHS Better Health at Work Award, which is the highest award available
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EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.
EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.
These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.
Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.
In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.
EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 14,000 people at locations across the UK.
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