The safety and wellbeing of our people is a core value at Newmont, and promoting healthy lifestyles in the communities where we operate is part of our goal of achieving zero harm.
In Ghana, Newmont’s Employee Wellness Program focuses on the behaviors and culture that motivate people to make healthy choices. This includes offering employees and business partners access to health seminars, physical screenings, exercise classes, healthy eating campaigns and blood drives.
In 2015, Ghana’s Employee Wellness Program provided Newmont employees access to free physical screenings. Participants can have their weight, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), blood sugar and cholesterol levels checked. There were also other health screenings provided for eye health, as well as breast and prostate cancer.
The screenings give employees the foundation to set goals and track their personal progress towards improved health. Exercise programs, healthy eating campaigns and fitness challenges provide employees with the opportunity to nurture healthy habits.
“My wellness screening results showed that I was overweight. When the 10,000 Steps Challenge was announced, I decided to participate in the competition to increase my fitness level and lose weight,” said Prince Henry Kabutey, a Mine Engineer at the Ahafo Mine.
Along with Project C.U.R.E., Newmont Ghana also facilitates health clinics in Akyem and Ahafo, raising awareness in the local communities about diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.