Local Businesses Keep Their Business Fighting Fit

The Council and the Public Health Agency (PHA) supported two Health & Wellbeing sessions recently held at local enterprise centres, Lisburn Enterprise Organisation and Inspire Business Centre, to promote the importance of employee health & wellbeing to maintain productivity.

These events were held as part of the ‘Invest in Health, Profit in Business’ Partnership which the Council and the PHA established five years ago aimed at encouraging local businesses to support key actions to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees.

Councillor Uel Mackin, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, welcomed delegates to the ‘Fabulous Fighting Fit Friday’ event in Lisburn, and said: “It is great to see so many local businesses taking a keen interest in improving the health and wellbeing and their staff. Even small scale initiatives aimed at employee wellbeing can help employers and employees realise that both a happier and healthier workforce leads to a healthier bottom line.

“We are very lucky to have had a number of expert speakers: Dympna Hannon, Helen Allen and Jane McClenaghan to help identify the correct work life balance, how to dress for success and provide practical ideas for healthy weekday meals. 
“On behalf of the Council I would like to thank Barbara Porter from the PHA for her continued support, time and financial collaboration that helps make days like these possible, giving Lisburn Castlereagh businesses every opportunity to engage in beneficial health projects,” concluded Councillor Mackin.

Barbara Porter, Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Senior Officer from the Public Health Agency’s Belfast and South Eastern Team added: “Our partnership with LCCC has enabled health to be an integral part of business here in Lisburn and Castlereagh.  It has been great to support especially small employers to look at health in its widest sense and to see the benefits of developing their teams by getting together away from the workplace and discussing issues such as work life balance and dressing to impress.”

The exhibitors at the event in Lisburn included the Alzheimer’s Society, Dympna Hannon Clinic, Women’s Aid, the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust, ASCERT Alcohol Awareness, Drumhill Farm Fresh, Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Complete Wellness Therapies, Lisburn and Enchanted Touch – Holistic Therapies.

Inspire’s Health & Wellbeing Day was a great success with inspirational talks from Turan of Feel Good Hypnosis, Vivien from Hydro-Ease and Helen Allen from House of Colour and Lynn McCullough for The Healing Works.  Attendees heard how to conquer their fears and anxieties, reduce stress and anxiety and how to dress for success.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and the PHA were delighted with these two Health & Wellbeing events and look forward to repeating them in the future. The partnership between the Council and the PHA continues to promote initiatives on a wide range of health issues with the aim of improving health and wellbeing in the workplace. The very successful ‘Business Games Challenge’ which ran from January to March 2017, saw over 100 people from 20 local businesses participate in several events spanning over the three months which focused on increasing physical activity through tag rugby, handball and dodge ball.

For more information on the Invest in Health Profit in Business programme log on to www.lisburncastlereagh.go.vuk/business_solutions or email Kris Walker on kris.walker@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk


Pictured at the Health & Wellbeing Session at Lisburn Enterprise Organisation are: (l-r)  Colleen McAreavey, LEO; Helen Allen, House of Colour Consultant; Councillor Uel Mackin, Chairman of the Council's Development Committee; Barbara Porter, Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Senior Officer from the Public Health Agency’s Belfast and South Eastern Team and Dympna Hannon, Dympna Hannon Clinic.


Speakers and Exhibitors at the Health & Wellbeing event at Inspire Bsuiness Centre are pictured with Barbara Porter, Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Senior Officer from the Public Health Agency’s Belfast and South Eastern Team.