Taking care of business – and employees

A wellness fair put employees in contact with resources in the community to help improve their overall physical, mental and financial health.

Free chair massages were popular at a recent health and wellness fair for employees of MVT Canadian Bus Inc. in Cloverdale.

With activities ranging from chair massages and retirement planning to free blood pressure testing, it wasn’t exactly an average day at the office.

About 150 local HandiDart employees turned out for a health and wellness fair at the Cloverdale depot, the largest of three fairs presented by MVT Canadian Bus Inc.

As many as 12 local vendors participated in the Sept. 13 event here, dispensing advice on smoking cessation, credit counselling, and even legal issues, along with offering fitness assessments, and information on heart health, diabetes and cancer.

“Employees are our greatest asset,” executive coordinator Patricia Robertson said.

Employees also received a free healthy snack pack with an apple, granola bar, water bottle and pedometer. They could also enter to win fitness-related prizes.

The aim was to help put employees in contact with resources in the community that can help improve their overall physical, mental and financial health.

“It was just to put them in touch with resources they didn’t even know were there,” she said, adding for many, it was the first time they’d had their blood pressure checked. “They got some really good information.”

Vendors included WorkSafe BC, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon, a physiotherapist, and others.

MVT is contracted by TransLink to offer HandyDart service in the Metro Vancouver area. It has more than 580 employees.

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