Embedding the theme of “Global Action Plan – Promote Worker Heath & Let the Business Thrive”, the Employee Health and Wellbeing Conference organized by Fleming Gulf and supported by the Supreme Council of Health, Qatar is scheduled to kick off this Sunday, 11th October at the InterContinental Hotel in Doha Qatar.

Keeping in mind the significance increase in healthcare spending across the GCC, the conference is designed for health, safety and wellness leaders from various industries to promote, debate and discuss on occupational wellness, and will also showcase a host of solutions providers highlighting emerging opportunities in this sector. The conference takes place at a time when organizations are thinking beyond the ROI and adopting a duty of care approach to employee health and wellness in the wake of rapidly increasing occupational diseases and fatalities. In addition to reducing health risks and improve productivity and quality of life, wellness programs are ultimately beneficial to an organization’s bottom line.

High stress levels in recent years have led to widespread use of alcohol and other substances detrimental to health and productivity. Emphasizing the impact of stress, alcohol and drugs on general and occupational health, Dr. Vidya Mohamed-Ali, Director of the Life Sciences Research Division at the Anti-Doping Lab Qatar will also be speaking at the conference. The Anti-Doping Lab Qatar, founded in 2007 by the Supreme Council of the GCC, is a Gold Sponsor of the conference.

GARMIN Health & Wellness in partnership with LINGAWI (Silver Sponsors at the conference) will showcase cutting edge wearables to improve healthy life style for employees, sports trainers and multi sports professionals. A global leader in GPS technology, the company will introduce an entire new category to the market through the conference.

Stephan Balte, Manager Wellness B2B at Garmin International when asked about a Global Action Plan he would like to see implemented to promote worker health, he stated “Governments must give corporates a higher incentive to foster own corporate health initiatives. Since the problem is cross country we need international standards for workforce health initiatives with an academic foundation”. He further went on to add, “Companies must learn they cannot just rely on the society to solve it. The problem is eminent and directly affects their shareholder values in the long run”. Balte will be address the conference on Corporate Wellness: From Theory to Practical Applications.

In addition, Wellsource (health and wellness technology company), JMS (provider of industrial safety and worker wellness products), Crunch Doha (fitness program planning company) and Aetna (leading medical insurance provider) will also be participating as Associate Sponsor, Exhibitor, Raffle Sponsor and Visiting Partner respectively.

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