Be Healthy is the first Novartis company-wide health and well-being initiative, and is intended to benefit all Novartis Group company associates. The initiative provides associates a platform to become more involved in their personal health and live healthier lives. This initiative builds upon a tradition of providing well-being programs for associates at Novartis. The health of associates is a top priority for us and a natural extension of our company mission to discover new ways to improve and extend people's lives.
Novartis is focusing on prevention programs as part of Be Healthy. Statistics from the World Economic Forum (WEF) show that workplace health and well-being programs addressing lifestyle changes can help prevent up to 40% of noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and lung disorders.
Be Healthy is based on four pillars that aim to help associates achieve optimal health:
Following the program’s launch in 2011, each year locations worldwide will participate in Be Healthy Celebration Week: five days of health and well-being activities, including free health checks, exercise classes and healthy food.
While activities are voluntary for associates, locations participating in Be Healthy introduce a range of health and well-being activities to encourage Group company associates to exercise regularly, choose healthy food offerings in canteens and participate in free screenings to learn important numbers such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In addition, support programs are available for those managing an illness or condition.
The company’s new environmental strategy inspired the theme of our 2015 Celebration Week, “Healthy People, Healthy Planet,” which highlighted the link between our long-term health and protecting the environment.
In 2015, Novartis again participated in the Global Corporate Challenge®, with teams of associates competing in a 100-day virtual race around the world. For the second straight year, Novartis secured the number two spot in the “World’s Most Active” global rankings out of 1 200 organizations participating worldwide. We were also named most active organization in the healthcare and medical sector. Notably, after 100 days, 70% of participating associates were walking more than 10 000 steps per day – up from 20% at the start of the challenge.
Be Healthy has broad reach within Novartis. The initiative reaches 95% of our Group company associates in more than 50 countries. Along with numerous local awards in countries ranging from China to India, Novartis has been recognized internationally for the impact of its Be Healthy program. We were the first company to earn the Global CEO Cancer Gold Standard and received a Value-Based Health Award from the Institute for Health and Productivity. To learn more about the program’s impact, watch the stories of five Novartis associates who are leading healthier lives thanks to Be Healthy.