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8 Oct

Foundations For Health

On Thursday 3rd October, Yorkshire Cricket Foundation teamed up with Leeds Rhinos Foundation and The Emerald Foundation to deliver ‘Foundations for Health’, a health and wellness day for Emerald employees, at their headquarters in Bingley.

The day gave stadium partner Emerald the chance to give their employees a fresh new insight into their and others health and wellbeing by giving them the opportunity to take part in multiple workshops, that staff could attend around their working day. Sessions covered beginners Yoga, the science of sleep, training with dementia friends, a circuit-based fitness in sport workshop and how to look after your back at your desk and a nutrition workshops.

Sessions were delivered by the Foundations and partners, including the Balanced Girl and Dementia Friends.

Melissa Fojt, Social Responsibility Manager for Emerald Group, explained: “We thought this would be a perfect opportunity to link up with two local sports clubs we partner with to run different types of workshops and get our staff thinking outside the box about how to look after themselves, as well as their friends, families and peers.”

“It’s important that our staff trust us to look after their health and wellbeing, and we can put on days like this to show that we’re investing in that kind of support.”

Leeds Rhinos players Brad Singleton, Corey Johnson and Courtney Hill also came along to test participants with a special ‘Challenge the Rhinos’ circuit-based session and share their own advice around nutrition and diet.

Reflecting on the session, Singleton said: “It’s been a massive effort from all the employees today. We’ve been putting them through their paces and giving them an experience of what fitness levels and attributes us players have to achieve.

“It’s credit to the bosses at Emerald for putting on a day like this and providing such great facilities here with their own gym. Sitting in an office day can be difficult, so it’s important that they do get the chance to keep active and tick that fitness box to feel healthy and perform well.”

Beth Cook, Health and Wellbeing Manager, Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, said:

When it was originally discussed, Laura from Leeds Rhinos Foundation and I were excited to see how much of our work could be transferred into a workplace environment. As this is somewhere that a lot of people spend great amounts of time, we felt it was important to have a varied offer that included workshops and sessions focused on different areas of health and wellbeing. The Emerald Group are a very forward thinking company when it comes to the health and wellbeing of their staff so it was a pleasure to be able to put on a day like this for their workforce.

Amy Livingstone, Exercise Referral Specialist for Leeds Rhinos Foundation, added: “This is completely different to what we’d normally deliver out in the community with one of our health programmes, but it’s been really well received and we’ve really enjoyed it.

“I think some people were excited to get involved with something different to break up their working day and they’ve got a really good workout from it too. If you’re going to get involved with physical activity it’s not always about how much you can do or how often you do it, sometimes it’s just about getting out and having fun with the activities you’re doing to stay healthy, and that’s why today has been so positive.”

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