At Mars Australia, 90 percent of Associates participate in the “Believe” health program.
The program offers health checks, wellness initiatives and cancer screening as well as customizable benefits that Associates choose according to their wellness goals and lifestyle interests. As a result, Mars was one of four companies the Australian government recognized with a Special Commendation during its National Work-Life Balance Awards.
The Winning with Wellness program, available in almost all Mars offices and manufacturing sites across the U.K., covers more than 2,000 Associates. The program has four focus areas: Physical Activity, Diet and Nutrition, Smoking Cessation and Stress Awareness. Run by occupational health experts, the program is promoted throughout the company by “Wellness Champions,” Associates who are passionate about wellness. The program recently won the Food and Drinks Federation’s Community Partnership “Workplace” award, which rewards projects and initiatives that specifically benefit the employees of food and drink companies. In 2010, Mars became a partner with Change4Life, a government-led campaign that aims to combat the rising levels of obesity in the U.K. by helping people to eat well, move more and live longer.