ASGC (Al Shafar General Contracting Company) has launched a community healthcare program, with the aim of improving employee health and wellness. The program reflects the family spirit and care between the company and its staff, by deploying awareness campaigns to raise engagement and encourage employees to maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Designed to focus on various health-related issues, the program will target a number of initiatives, or ‘health marathons’, to increase awareness among ASGC’s employees and their extended family members.
The first health marathon, ‘Lose to Win’, was launched last month in collaboration with Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Hospital – Dubai. Throughout the 28-day challenge, employees were encouraged to take control of their weight and health. It aimed to encourage staff to lose weight through a healthy diet in a fun and enjoyable way. The participants were selected among those who registered their interest, in accordance with their medical condition. During the campaign, participants were closely monitored by a doctor and nutrition adviser, and followed a specially designed menu.
The winner, who lost 11.94% of his body weight, was announced at the end of the health marathon, and was awarded a trip for two to the Maldives. Runners-up received gift vouchers as well as beauty and grooming vouchers from Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Hospital – Dubai.
“At ASGC, we consider our employees to be our greatest asset,” said Mariam Azmy, HR Director of ASGC. “We believe it is our moral obligation to implement health and safety policies within our organization for the sole benefit of our employees’ health and wellbeing. Taking inspiration from Dubai Municipality’s ‘Your Weight in Gold’ challenge, we are happy to collaborate with Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Hospital – Dubai for this first health marathon, which echoes our commitment to our colleagues, and our contribution to a more sustainable way of living to improve our ASGC community health standards. We consider our employees to be our extended family, and we’re proud to treat them as such.”
George Samir, Executive Director of Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Hospital – Dubai, said: “We’re pleased to join hands with ASGC to help improve employee wellness. Health is not only important to their wellbeing, but also to their quality of life. By supporting ASGC in this initiative, we are helping to encourage and implement healthier habits that can be passed on to their families and friends, creating a positive impact on the community.”
Al Shafar General Contracting Company strives to maintain the highest possible health, safety and environment standards, which are reflected by the OHSAS 18001 (health and safety) and ISO 14001 (environment) accreditations the company has received.
Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Hospital - Dubai offers a comprehensive range of services across multiple specialties, staffed with doctors holding American, Canadian and European boards certifications, who use the most advanced medical technologies available. In addition to endorsing the highest medical design standards, the hospital offers a state-of-the-art CAT Lab and the latest in robotic surgery technology & has one of the most advanced emergency rooms in Dubai. For the successful implementation of the campaign, ASGC received “Excellence in Employee Engagement Award from Sulaiman Habib Hospital.