Toward a healthier workplace
Raytheon Australia employees join annual Heart Foundation drive
It takes many steps to complete a marathon. In October, some Raytheon Australia employees found out just how many after taking part in the MyMarathon challenge.
A nationwide initiative in Australia run by the Heart Foundation, MyMarathon encourages participants to run, jog or walk the distance of a marathon in the month of October. That's 42.2 km. or, on average, 55,374 steps in a bid to raise awareness of heart disease, as well as raise money for heart research.
This initiative was one of many activities in which Raytheon employees are encouraged to become more active and achieve their health and well-being goals.
“A healthy workplace is not only built on safety, but also on the health and well-being of our people,” said Charmaine Potter, Raytheon Australia national Environmental, Health, Safety and Wellness director and a MyMarathon participant. “Heart disease is the single biggest killer of Australians, and MyMarathon has challenged our employees to focus on their physical health in October.”
From last year to this year, the company doubled the number of employees who participate to 64. This year’s team raised more than $6,000 for the Heart Foundation and completed close to 5,000 km. – the equivalent of running from Brisbane to Perth.
“After completing the MyMarathon challenge, Raytheon Australia, compared to other Australian companies, ranked fifth overall in distance covered and sixth overall in amount of funds raised for the Heart Foundation,” said Potter. “I found that helping to raise money for heart health, while becoming more active was a rewarding experience. The initiative not only helped employees become more active, but it also sparked conversations about heart health throughout the workplace.”
An organisation is only as good as its people, according to Potter.
“It is therefore vital that we ensure and maintain the health, safety and well-being of all employees through initiatives like MyMarathon,” she said.