The world is moving faster, more frantically and time appears to whizz by. Work piles up, both at work and at home. E-mails, appointments, the family: most of us are stressed. If the stress wins the upper hand and remains in the long-term, it can overstrain mind and body.
That is why NEUMAN & ESSER devoted itself to the topic of stress management for this year’s health days at the German locations Übach-Palenberg, Wurzen and Stassfurt. This time, prevention and information, for example, about donating organs and stem cells provided the focus of attention. The various topic areas and the multitude of stimuli were presented in lectures, courses and workshops during working hours.
The kick-off of the health days was always a healthy breakfast. All employees tried out the substantial variety of open whole-grain rolls and dark rye bread as well as yoghurt, muesli and fruit. Nutrition expert Jessica Dinter from the Institute for Corporate Health Promotion (BGF) showed the employees in Übach-Palenberg the hidden sugar and fat content innate in unhealthy food. The workforce’s great interest was noteworthy, not only in the healthy breakfast but in the overall Health Day. Stefanie Peters, Managing Partner, also emphasized this. She opened the Health Days with warm words: “We want you to feel well and healthy”.
During the further course of the Health Day, several participants used the opportunity to inform themselves in short lectures. For example, the German Bone Marrow Donor Center DKMS informed about stem cells and also as potential stem cell donors. They were provided the opportunity for this directly on-site.More information about DKMS
Information booths from the health insurance companies AOK and BARMER, Addiction Help Center Aachen as well as AHG ASSIST Corporate Health Management were available to the employees the entire day and provided advice on general topics as well as personal questions.
On the focus of stress management, Bettina Heinecke and Bernd Wittmann from AHG ASSIST presented informative lectures on “Coping with Stress – Every-Day Assistance”, thus arousing interest in this problem. Their lectures animated thoughts on personal early detection of stress-related health risks and possible dangers both within the vocational and private surroundings.
Since March this year, the medical and psychological advice of AHG ASSIST is provided to the NEA employees at all three German locations – 24/7. AHG ASSIST also handles problems within the social and family surroundings including legal questions. All information is treated strictly confidentially.
Yvonne Michel from the Addiction Help Center Aachen offered the NEUMAN & ESSER apprentices workshops for the problem of “Online addiction and new media”. The reports and experiences of a former Internet addict were particularly impressive. Stimulating questions and informative answers on computer addiction, Internet addiction or online addiction fascinated the apprentices.
The advent of the new media and the risks associated with them effect young people in particular. The extent to which the media have changed everyday life during the past years was not clear to several participants. Their imminent dangers and addiction potential to still fewer.
The general check-up was a full-day program item. The preventive health examinations which were open to the entire workforce enjoyed a healthy response. Virtually all employees occupied themselves with various aspects of preventive health care. Blood pressure, sugar count and cholesterol were measured and urine tested. Even screening for the early detection of intestinal cancer was offered.
In Stassfurt, a local Lung Clinic participated, offering a lung volume test or so-called alveolar carbon monoxide measurement. This showed immediately who smokes and who manages without the unhealthy “ciggies”. The lung volume test will probably have given some of the smokers food for thought.
“The fact that the second Health Day was also received so favorably proves that our employees really confront themselves with the topics”, according to Stefanie Peters. “And naturally that we have selected the right topics.” “We had an exciting Health Day”, as Human Resources Manager Yvonne Vormstein confirmed. She was also delighted by the unanimous positive feedback. “I am certain that some of the employees will use the tips in order to handle stress in a more relaxed manner in the future.”
|DKMS stands for Deutsche Knochenmarkspenderdatei gemeinnützige Gesellschaft mbH||that means German Bone Marrow Donor Center Non-Profit Limited Liability Organization|
|Link to the international webseite||http://www.deletebloodcancer.org|
|Information on Wikipedia||http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DKMS_Americas|
Three, two, one – go!” rang out loud and clear for two NEA sites this year. 14 members of staff from NEA Wurzen represented their company in the 6th Leipzig Company Run, while Übach-Palenberg had 32 runners on the starting line in Aachen.
The Leipzig Company Run was postponed twice this year. First because of a clash with Michael Ballack’s testimonial football match, and a second time due to floods in the city. When the race took place on July 10, over 10,000 runners gave it their best and created an electric atmosphere. After five kilometers, the applause at the finishing line was ample reward for all the sweat and effort. “See you again next year!”, was the unanimous call from all participants.
Around 5,000 runners from 500 companies took part in the 2nd Aachen Company Run on Oct. 2. 19 NEA employees set their sights on the 5km finishing line, 13 more took on the 10km challenge. Once again the focus of the event was on team spirit and fun, rather than competition. Managing Partner Alexander Peters, taking part in the 5km NEA team, said enthusiastically after the race, “We’ll try to come back next year with 50 members of staff, what a sight that will be!”
The surplus generated by this year’s Aachen Company Run broke the 15,000 Euro barrier and was donated once again to the charities “Youth in the fight against Violence e.V.” and “Food for Aachen”, while part of the funds raised by the Leipzig Company Run was donated to the victims of flooding in the region.
Under the banner “Fit for Life”, the German sites celebrated a health day in April, an event that staff had been greatly looking forward to. Every course and every lecture was well attended, a sure sign of a successful mix of exciting presentations on fitness and health. The info booths of EAP-Assist and two health insurances were also at hand to give staff personal advice.
As in previous years, the day got off to a good start with a healthy breakfast. Stefanie Peters opened proceedings in Übach-Palenberg and thanked the HR department for organizing such a varied program. Bettina Heinecke, from EAPAssist, the health care program for businesses, gave a presentation at every site to explain how everyone can mobilize the power within themselves to achieve health and balance in both their private and working lives. Company doctor Klaus Hamacher gave a talk about “hypertension – the secret killer“.
The rollover simulator was the biggest attraction in Stassfurt and Wurzen. This was used to instruct staff on how to free themselves quickly and safely from imprisonment in the passenger seat after a car accident.
At NEA headquarters, Andreas Niedrig posed the question, “Can you always realize your dreams?” His biography was published as a book titled “From Junkie to Iron Man” and was subsequently made into a movie in 2008. He presented the key to overcoming any crisis: defining clear goals allows you to look to the future and means that you will have no problem reaching new targets along the path to happiness.
In his taster course, staff coach Marco Fuchs demonstrated exercises that can keep you fit and which you can do in the smallest spaces and without using equipment – even on your break or on business trips. He currently trains NEA staff twice a week.
Company Run in Leipzig
The 7th Leipzig company run took place on June 4 and was again a successful event. More than 10,000 runners took their marks on the roughly 5 km-long course around Leipzig’s FIFA World Cup stadium. Amidst this colorful crowd, 23 NEA sportspersons could be made out in their new, stylish NEA running shirts and E-NEA-RGY socks.
Under ideal weather conditions, the fun aspect was predominant, however sporting ambition did not suffer. Therefore virtually all the runners were able to improve their times considerably compared to the previous year. Cold isotonic drinks awaited them as a well-deserved reward after reaching the finishing line.
In a pleasant get-together with live music, the runners let this impressive event draw to a close. Everyone agreed: next year again and maybe more of the Wurzen colleagues will also feel like lacing their boots and participating in the 2015 company run.
Company Run in Aachen
The Aachen company run took place for the third time on the evening before the “Day of German Reunification”. Under sunny skies and temperatures just over 20°C, more than 6,400 starters from 430 companies met. Some 50 of the runners were from the NEA Übach-Palenberg headquarters.
As in Leipzig, the emphasis was not only on sporting success. NEA primarily values the team spirit, but also the employees’ health. Nonetheless, NEA can be proud of the results. Supported by vociferous colleagues, the E-NEA-RGY 5 team reached an excellent 22nd place in the team rating from a total of almost 750 teams on both courses. The E-NEA-RGY 10 team even achieved a highly commendable 12th place.
The Aachen company run also stood for supporting charities in 2014. With the run, the organization team attempts to support the sports clubs and institutions in Aachen which clearly work for health, movement, integration and non-violence between children and youths. Three selected projects from Aachen and the region are supported by the Aachen company run with a total donation of 15,000 euros.