whg is piloting an innovative programme that will explore how to protect and improve the health of its trades colleagues.
The leading Midlands landlord is working with the University of Wolverhampton on a pilot which will see 10 colleagues undergo a health scan and embark upon a tailored three month fitness programme.
The study will explore the impact manual work can have on the body, and how identifying problems early on can improve health and wellbeing.
The participants, who work in a range of areas including carpentry, plumbing and bricklaying, will undergo the body screening at the university’s Walsall campus using their state-of-the-art HealthScan.
The HealthScan uses an x-ray to provide a high resolution digital image of body composition and bone density. The results will be used to tailor a 12 week exercise programme with a personal trainer, followed by a second scan to analyse the results.
Victoria Roden, Head of Human Resources, said: “Many of our colleagues work in physically demanding jobs, which, over time, can put a strain on the body.
“This pilot will explore if those colleagues are experiencing any impact on their body as a result of either their role or lifestyle choices. The pilot will explore how early intervention can help combat any identified issues.
“We are hoping this will motivate people to think more about their health, safety and wellbeing, and ultimately encourage them to take the necessary steps to minimise any health problems that are identified.”
The pilot forms part of whg’s Be a Better You programme, which is aimed at improving the health and well-being of colleagues across the business.