When laughter is the best medicine

HEARD the one about the Hartlepool company which recommends laughter to boost workers’ wellbeing?

Training specialist Amacus teamed up with comedian Brendan Healy to host the North East Better Health at Work Awards.

The funnyman presented awards to businesses which are working to improve health, wellbeing and cut absence rates.

The awards, run by Amacus, were created three years ago and have helped more than 64,000 workers to lead healthier lifestyles.

Organisations to receive awards from Brendan Healy on the night included EDF Energy, Kavli, Gentoo, Akzo Nobel, Department for Work and Pensions and Sunderland Benefit Centre.

Christine Hall, managing director of Amacus, said: “Traditionally, the region hasn’t had the best record when it comes to health and absenteeism, but we feel like we’re challenging the statistics.

“We’re helping companies to improve morale, productivity and individual lifestyles at the same time.

“It’s great that Brendan Healy could join in and share a joke with us. He’s provided lots of laughs among an evening of celebrations.”

Brendan said: “I’ve always believed in keeping a smile on my face and I think keeping healthy equals keeping happy and laughing.

“I applaud the workers and companies who have gone that extra mile to help their staff lead a healthy lifestyle. I’m delighted to join Amacus to celebrate with these companies.”

The North East Better Health at Work Award was created to help address the chronic poor health affecting local workers and encourage companies to get in better shape as the economy emerges from recession.