Health initiatives across the world
Fiat Group has always been committed to supporting and promoting health and wellness programs for its employees and their families broaden the level of awareness and sensitivity to these issues.
These programs have been developed and implemented both within the Group and locally.
WELL - a Group-wide initiative
The WELL initiative was further developed throughout the Group and its scope was expanded with new content aimed at promoting healthy habits and prevention. Clear and simple tips on its dedicated website address: healthy diet, no-smoking campaigns, prevention of cardiovascular diseases and conscientious use of prescription drugs. In addition to this initiative, there were many other individual campaigns promoted locally by different company establishments.
Fiat Group Automobiles Powertrain Plant in Termoli (Italy)
The Termoli plant participated in a project organized by the LILT (Italian League for the Fight against Cancer) aimed at raising awareness and providing information on how to prevent tumors and on the kinds of exams needed for the early diagnosis of some specific types. This project was carried out in collaboration with local trade union organizations.
Fiat Group Automobiles Powertrain Plant in Verrone (Italy)
Cooperation with the "Edo e Elvo Tempia" Foundation began in order to launch campaigns to raise awareness about how harmful and dangerous smoking is. Through group lessons and one-on-one meetings held by specialists, employees got the opportunity to request specialist exams to assess their current health.
Magneti Marelli Plant in Corbetta (Italy)
For World Food Day, the Healthy Eating Program was organized to spread information among employees, helping them improve their eating habits. A targeted information and education campaign was launched which also broadcast dedicated videos on the Magneti Marelli CCTV. Employees were given the chance to take a survey on their diet, and signs were made with the calories in the menu of the day at the company cafeteria.
Magneti Marelli Plant in Hortolandia (Brazil)
The Smoking Cessation Project at the Hortolandia plant was continued with the aim of raising awareness and generating motivation, while explaining why people should quit smoking. The project activities included an internal communication campaign through banners, posters, brochures, speeches and an intranet section. Conferences and dedicated medical support aimed at raising awareness among employees of the risks linked to smoking. The project was managed by a multidisciplinary group of partners including Unimed Campinas in partnership with the Medical Service and Magneti Marelli Internal Communication.
Magneti Marelli Plants in Germany and Poland
In Germany, the company provided nutrition/dietary consulting services and eye check-ups, while in Poland, MM Automotive Lighting and Exhaust Systems provided specialist visits and blood tests absolutely free of charge.
Fiat Group Automobiles Plant in Tofas (Turkey)
The Towards Healthy Life project was organized in association with a specialist company to implement a 24/7 legal, social and psychological support program for employees.
In addition, about 1,500 employees underwent anthropometric measurements, blood tests and other instrumental exams and completed nutrition questionnaires as part of a campaign to prevent metabolic syndrome.
Fiat Group Automobiles Plants in Latin America
A tool was specifically designed for classification of cardiovascular risk linked to employee lifestyle habits in order to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and improve the management of chronic diseases. Each year, a cardiovascular risk analysis is conducted on employees participating in the screening campaign through the IQS - Quality Health Index.
Fiat Group Automobiles Plant in Bielsko Biala (Poland)
New smoking rooms were made available throughout the plant. These are provided with ionized air and multilayer filters to ensure good air quality and prevent smoke from escaping. These rooms were also used to provide information about the dangers and harmful effects of smoking by means of signs on the walls. An information booklet about the dangers of smoking had already been handed out to all employees.
A campaign on the benefits of a healthy diet was conducted and informative posters were hung in company cafeterias.
Fiat Group Automobiles Plant in Cassino (Italy)
The Smoking Cessation campaign was conducted to help motivated smokers to quit smoking and at the same time to raise awareness among those lacking motivation of the risks they are running if they do not quit. The campaign also provided easily accessible psychological and pharmacological treatment to help those interested achieve this goal. Several external partners, including the Frosinone AUSL, the Fondazione G. Veronesi, and the San Giovanni Bosco Hospital in Turin, were involved in organizing and promoting the initiative.
The questionnaires were distributed throughout the company, involving 2,648 employees. The findings showed that there were 422 smokers and that 352 of them were motivated to quit smoking.
Support measures are currently being implemented to guide these workers along the path that will free them from nicotine dependence.
Fiat Group Automobiles Plant in Pomigliano (Italy)
In Pomigliano, a prevention initiative called "Programma di prevenzione delle malattie cardiovascolari e di prescrizione dell'attività fisica" (Program for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and prescription of physical exercise) was launched for employees.
Participation in the prevention program is voluntary and free for all employees of the Fiat Group Automobiles Plant in Pomigliano.
The visits under the program do not replace the periodic medical visits required by the company health protocol and by existing law.
Sports Medicine and Cardiology assessment
The annual medical examination includes:
- sports medicine/cardiology consultation
- anthropometric measurements (weight, height, Body Mass Index, abdominal circumference)
- electrocardiogram at rest
- exercise electrocardiogram with cycloergometer
- bioelectrical impedance analysis to estimate body composition
- blood tests to determine coronary risk factors (complete blood count, blood glucose, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides and transaminase)
- urine test
- spirometry for pulmonary assessment
- prescription of an exercise regimen
- certification of good health and/or fitness to do sports (on request)
Obesity prevention visits
Screening of patients to be referred to the obesity prevention clinic based on the following selection criteria:
- altered BMI
- body composition
- abdominal circumference
- altered lab test results
- blood sugar
- consultation with the physician (to avoid repeat exams and so on)
- at the end of the visit, all participants receive a sealed copy of their own booklet with the initiative's logo, complete with all the information resulting from the exams and important advice on the lifestyle to follow and on recommended sports. The collected data is loaded into a special database of statistics that provides real-time results in terms of average values, standard deviation and differences from previous exams, providing a reliable snapshot of the general population as well.
- obesity and Metabolic Syndrome Prevention outpatient clinic
- nutritional and dietary counseling
- liver ultrasound
- psychological assessment
Another issue the Group places strong emphasis on is employee well-being. When it comes to the diet and physical well-being of its employees, Fiat Group Automobiles organized a series of meetings in 2013 between its staff and the physicians at the Fiat Sepin Medical Diagnostic Center (Ce.Me.Di.) in Turin (Italy). Employees have the chance to enroll in sessions where they meet doctors and health and wellness specialists, discuss issues and have any doubts cleared about general or personal issues by talking directly with the experts.
The topics discussed at the meetings focused on:
- cardiovascular diseases: tips, and useful examples of healthy lifestyles to prevent cardiovascular diseases
- violence against women: its various forms and suggestions for a culture of prevention
- the flu: its symptoms and instructions for prevention and care.