Health & Help Days 2018

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Health & Help Days 2018

The fourth edition of our traditional Health Days was held again in March this year and spiced up with new activities following our charity events organized throughout the year.

Corporate social responsibility is one of the core activities that drive our company. Not only that our employees help by baking for others or donating to charities but there are also other ways. One of them is to get familiar with the non-profit organizations´ activities by meeting with them in person. Therefore, the plan was simple - get closer to two organizations – the Organization for Early Care that we supported last year via coffee charity and the Wheelchair League supported via donation collected during the last year´s Movie Halloween and Benepink badminton tournament. Both have prepared an interesting program for us and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

The representatives from the Organization for Early Care showed us what a family where a child with a visual impairment was born, can do to support their baby´s recovery. We played with a touch sensation matching cards, pexeso based on matching sounds or smells, tried basic domestic works without sight like matching socks, spreading cheese on the bread or tried to get through the room just with a help of a white cane. Tasks were getting harder and harder with putting special glasses on that simulated different types of visual impairment to total blindness. It’s really not an easy task. But there are also good news:  Did you know that 80% of visual loss is either preventable or curable? Or how much easier life of visually impaired people is with development of modern technologies? Sound books, Google maps, Siri – all of them are huge help. Good to know!  In addition, as part of the program there was a photography exhibition installed in our Social zone to be able to relate to the children more. Thanks to our contribution last year, one family could get a help of an assistant for the whole year directly at home. Little step for Dixons, but huge one for a family!

The Wheelchair League showed us that assistance dogs love their job from the moment they start getting a proper training until the last moments with their handlers. We were amazed that they are not only trained to accompany people with different disabilities and to help them with activities that are difficult or impossible to handle but that they can also alert their handlers to a coming stroke or help in their handler´s symptoms by bringing medication or providing bracing?

Health Days without healthy lifestyle activities would not be the real McCoy and therefore the rest of the week was dedicated to sports and other activities beneficial for our healthy bodies and minds. All sport fans could spend their Tuesday afternoon at Sport centre Balkán and together with their team members enjoy laser games, bowling or squash. Our real Dixons heroes donated blood on Wednesday and all of us could stretch our bodies with a certified physiotherapist or during an afternoon yoga, relax on pranayama lectures, try out relaxing techniques or eventually take a short break on a workshop informing about training myths and mistakes. We could take an advantage from individual check-ups of optometrists and body measurements to set up personal health goals properly. Dental hygiene is traditional as well as very popular hands on (teeth) workshop. We all might be a bit tired from the long winter but as spring just officially started and we had a chance to attend a lecture about spring detox herbs and best green smoothies, we are ready to fight cold mornings and look forward to fresh fruit.

If you did not manage to attend your preferred activity during Health & Help Days 2018, don’t worry, there is another Health Week full of different lectures and check-ups coming later this year.

Kristina

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