TCC wellness program major boost to employees health

06Dec 2018
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
TCC wellness program major boost to employees health

IN a bid to curb the increase of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) among its employees, Tanzania Cigarette Company (TCC Plc) is undertaking a campaign to reverse the tide.

George KImaro of Tanzania Cigarette Company (TCC Plc) has his details taken by a health expert ready for other tests during the weeklong Wellness program that took place at the firm’s premises and involved the employees.

Speaking at the end of a weeklong corporate wellness campaign held at the TCC premises this week, the company’s Human Resource Director, Angela Mangecha said management decided to come up with the program to make sure that employees maintain healthy habits.

Mangecha said in order to do so, employees are encouraged maintain average weight through exercising to ensure that the company remains one of the best employers in the country with mentally and physically fit people.

“A wellness program is any program implemented by an employer to improve the health of its employees, and TCC Plc saw the importance of launching the program with the aim of improving and promoting a healthier workforce,” she noted.

The HR Director added, “By empowering and encouraging employees to take greater responsibility for their overall wellbeing, TCC management hopes to have a healthy workforce.”

Under the corporate wellness program, the cigarettes manufacturing company has been able to address a number of health needs at the workplace such as hypertension, diabetes and cancer, three of the world’s most common NCDs.

“But we also sensitize all employees on matters relating to HIV and AIDS,” Mangecha added. The program also provides intervention and sensitization of the employees on various other communicable diseases.

During last week’s World Aids Day, the corporate wellness program offered nutrition advice and support through health and wellness seminars involving employees and their dependants.“Under the program we have been able to also provide balanced diet meals at the company’s canteen and employees also enjoy a fully paid gym membership, where they can go and exercise at their own convenient time,” the Human Resources chief noted.

Through such vehicles, TCC Plc’s staff and their families are more cautious on the status of their health and maintaining better habits such as eating balanced diet, exercising and having enough rest.

During the World Aids Day, the TCC employees also donated blood to National Blood Bank where the number of volunteers increased by 17 percent compared to last year.

“We continue receiving very good feedback from our staff on the program, and so far it has been successful,” she underlined.