Leeann | May 28, 2019

We participated in World Health Day, which was held on the 7th of April. The World Health Organisation (WHO) focused on universal health coverage for this year’s World Health Day. Universal Health Coverage is about ensuring all people and communities have access to quality health services where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship.

As part of our commitment to the overall health of our crews we organised for Diabetes Ireland to carry out on site screenings and risk assessments at our Carrickmines Housing Development project and at our Leopardstown Racecourse Project. In addition, presentations were also delivered covering Diabetes, the importance of reducing risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and how to manage type 2 diabetes.

An individual can have diabetes for up to 12 years, and not know it. Most people over 40 are at least at moderate risk of developing type 2 diabetes. If untreated diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke and other health issues. Early detection of diabetes through risk assessment and blood glucose screening can prevent serious health issues for employees. Simple lifestyle adjustments, early detection and prevention will benefit each individual’s health greatly.

The overall results from the two screenings were as follows:

Total screened – 84

Had Type 2 Diabetes – 1

Low risk of Type 2 Diabetes – 59

Moderate risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes – 20

High risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes – 4

Of the 84 individuals tested 4 had a raised glucose levels and were referred to their GP for further testing.

Mental Health Ireland delivered a 90-minute information session covering the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ – connect; be active; take notice; keep learning and give, on our Dominick Street Regeneration Project. Mental Health is everyone’s responsibility. It determines and influences so many aspects to our lives, how we view ourselves, our relationships, work etc.

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, we are encouraging all staff to be mindful of this. There are a number of small practices that can be undertaken on a daily basis for example; Try to take time away from your work space at breaks and lunch time – get outside for some fresh air. This will help to keep you energized for the rest of your working day; Join in team events such as our company run or annual cycle – this will give you a communal sense of achievement; Get the right work-life balance – create clear boundaries between your work and personal life; Ask for help – if you feel stressed at work most importantly speak to a colleague or manager.

Diabetes Ireland

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