You and Your Workplace

Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas – from fighting the fags to fighting fit!

Helen Thomas’ healthy lifestyle has fallen by the wayside somewhat since her time as a dance instructor with youth and community groups.

Helen Thomas at workTo further compound her feelings of guilt, the 29-year-old Service Manager at Tesco Broughton acquired a 15 to 20 cigarettes a day habit.

So when Helen heard about her employers’ plans to get their staff fighting fit, she jumped at the chance to become a workplace champion.

"You always think about trying to get fit, but need something like this to motivate you," she said. "I think it’s going to create rivalry among the different departments here – each one will be trying to do better than the others."

Before joining Tesco, Mold resident Helen completed an HND in dance. Her new work commitments meant she was no longer able to find the time to take her classes, but she hopes the opportunity to exercise during her working day will redress the balance.

With the campaign as an incentive, she’s already cut her smoking down to a daily three cigarettes – and hopes to go all the way to kicking it completely. She also wants to set a good example to her colleagues.

"A large number of staff already do the Race for Life. This will encourage a lot more to take part, while others will lose weight to raise money for our charity of the year, Whizzkids," she said.

"I think the scheme will improve team morale and encourage the staff to work more closely together. It will be great to see the results after a couple of months."