During these challenging times, APC Cardiovascular has stood firm on its commitment to supporting the mental and physical health and wellbeing of their employees and encouraging them to stay connected. Recognising the vital role physical activity can play the organisation ‘actively’ encourages colleagues to incorporate activity into their working days.

Supported by Active Cheshire, APC Cardiovascular celebrated their 2020 ‘Wellbeing Week’ in style, they challenged colleagues to a step count competition, an ‘Active Hour’ contest – with colleagues sharing their creative ways of building physical activity into their days. The fun didn’t stop there, Active Cheshire’s ‘Active Chef’ Nont, Strategic Lead, ran a live virtual cookalong session to create a delicious Thai Green Curry and the team joined a virtual yoga session run by Janet at Cheshire Yoga and Fitness to get them up and active away from their homeworking space.

The team also took the opportunity to go on independent walks and were challenged to find items and bring them onto a team call afterwards. Items included a leaf, twig, conker, rock and even a discarded jar of pasta sauce! Additionally, colleagues held a virtual cuppa and chat drop in session to check in on each other and catch up.

Recognising the importance of supporting each other’s mental health at this difficult time APC Cardiovascular colleagues were trained by Active Cheshire’s Mental Health Lead and Mental Health First Aid England instructor Roberta to successfully become Mental Health First Aid Trainers. A vital step in helping to reduce the stigma associated with mental health.

In a sign of the continued commitment to colleague health and wellbeing, APC Cardiovascular have signed up to Active Workplace Pledge again in 2021 with exciting events, challenges and training on the agenda!

Stephen Law-Lyons, Managing Director at APC Cardiovascular said “We recognised that 2020 was no normal year, so we really wanted to support our team in the best way possible during these challenging times. The Wellbeing Week brought us all together and encouraged us to look after our physical and mental wellbeing.

We are excited and committed to doing more of the same in 2021, with plans to do a further four wellbeing weeks throughout the year, along with other activities. We look forward to continuing to work with Active Cheshire to achieve our combined goals of being healthier and happier in 2021.”

Roger Elliott, Active Workplace Lead at Active Cheshire said “This fantastic organisation sets a great example of how you can support the health and wellbeing of colleagues through physical activity. We’re delighted to continue to support them through the Active Workplace Pledge.”