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First Novartis company-wide health and well-being initiative

September 19, 2011

Be Healthy aims to help Novartis Group Company associates around the world embrace healthy lifestyles by providing opportunities for them to take control of their personal health and help prevent future health issues. Be Healthy is the first Group-wide health and well-being initiative and builds upon a tradition of providing health and well-being programs for associates at Novartis. It is an internal initiative for the benefit of Novartis associates.

Celebration week activities

Novartis Group Company associates across 32 countries are participating in the first Novartis Be Healthy Celebration Week from September 19-23, 2011.

Celebration Week activities will focus on Be Healthy's four pillars:

  • Move: Associates are encouraged to include exercise in their daily routine by participating in a sample exercise class, joining competitive sporting events and taking the stairs
  • Choose: Healthy food choices are promoted through free healthy meals or snacks
  • Know:The importance of knowing your most important basic numbers is highlighted in taking control of your personal health
  • Manage: Employee Assistance Program awareness-raising to support associates with illnesses, disabilities or injuries in getting back to work

While the 76 sites targeted in 2011 will all carry out the Celebration Week, all other sites are welcome and encouraged to participate if they wish to do so.

Helping prevent non-communicable diseases

Prevention is key in staying healthy. Workplace health and well-being programs addressing lifestyle changes can help prevent up to 40% of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and lung disorders, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The Novartis Be Healthy celebration week coincides with the WHO sponsored “Wellness Week” and the United Nations (UN) High Level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases.

Novartis is a member of the WEF Workplace Wellness Alliance, which emphasizes health and well-being in response to the growing burden of NCDs - the chief cause of death globally and a significant contributor to global healthcare costs.

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