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Cemex battles the bulk

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World Cement,

For the third year running, Cemex employees are getting more active and walking off the ‘wobble’ by taking part in the 2016 Cemex Pedometer Challenge, starting on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May.

“In Cemex, as in the rest of the construction industry, the average age of our employees is in the mid – late 40s and face the challenge of middle age “spread”.

“Many of us have relatively sedentary lifestyles - we drive to work and then sit at a desk or spend our day driving to see customers or delivering materials. We want to help all our colleagues to become a little more active and help improve their health and quality of life.

“The Pedometer Challenge will help us to do this and as important, have some fun,” comments Jesus Gonzalez, Country President Cemex UK.

There are 927 colleagues, divided into 95 teams signed up to this year’s challenge. Different activities have been organised at a local level with some colleagues taking the opportunity to raise money for charity. The Cemex Service Centre team led by Director Stuart Keighley, based at Rugby, is walking the 5 miles around Draycott Reservoir in aid of Breast Cancer.

“Often the ‘health’ in Health and Safety has taken second place. We are very proud of the safety successes we have achieved in a challenging environment and will continue to strive for our ultimate target of Zero incidents. However, in 2016, we will be adding another challenge - to help improve the health of our colleagues. The Pedometer Challenge is just one such activity to meet the challenge.” Jesus Gonzalez concludes.

2016 will also see the development of local Well-being groups, led by trained Well-being champions to provide information on Health Essentials topics such as maintaining a healthy heart, sleeping well, preventing stress, protecting skin and other key topics.

Adapted from press release by Joseph Green

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