Whether it's back training, stress management courses or stand-up paddling, the Vitamin V health initiative offers numerous activities that all employees* can take advantage of free of charge. The focus is not only on health and fitness, but also on having fun together.
Good mood in high doses: the offers of vitamin V.
Whether exercise, mental exercises or healthy nutrition: Vitamin V's offerings are particularly diverse, so there's something for everyone. Vitamin V's program is also based on the wishes of its employees*. Branches collect the suggestions. Bring these into the planning of the offers. Particularly popular, for example, are:
– Health days – Fitness, stability and mental exercises as a moving work break or during lunch – Nutritional advice and cooking workshops – Measurements, such as cardioscan, respiratory gas analysis or blood prere – Outdoor activities, such as canoe tours, SUP meeting – Courses and workshops on the topics of resilience and mindfulness – Participation in various company runs – Seasonal offers, such as step challenge – Favorable terms for e-bikes
The success story of the Vitamin V health initiative – from its beginnings to the present day.
Since 2015, our health initiative has officially existed. Since then, it has become increasingly popular among colleagues* at all VESCON companies. It all started with the first Health Day, which took place in Frankenthal back in 2012. At that time, an employee survey showed interest in further health offers, so that in 2013 the first back course was offered in cooperation with the Techniker Krankenkasse (health insurance company). The response was so positive that the offer was expanded in 2014 to include movement and relaxation exercises as part of the "Bewegte Mittagspause" (moving lunch break).
"After the first two offers were very well received, the official go-ahead for our health initiative was then given in 2015," recalls Pia Seibel. "The child got its own name with 'Vitamin V' and with Dr. Klaus Weib and his RiBe Institute for Health Promotion, we were able to gain an experienced partner." Since then, Dr. Klaus Weib our health initiative with advice and support.
In 2016, the range of vitamin V was again expanded. Since then, each branch has had its own health scout who informs colleagues* on site and takes care of the implementation of the campaigns. At the same time, we introduced the so-called annual theme, around which the offers of Vitamin V revolve for one year at a time. In 2016, the focus was on work ergonomics, in 2017 the topic was nutrition and energy. In 2018, the Vitamin V offerings revolved around mental strength, and in 2019, the annual theme is "Strong together".
You are what you eat
You are what you eat
In addition to offers that revolve around exercise or workplace ergonomics, healthy nutrition also has a firm place at Vitamin V.
A varied and balanced diet is the be-all and end-all for good health. In everyday work, when deadlines and projects are pressing, this is unfortunately not always so easy to implement. With special events, Vitamin V shows that it can still be done – and with less effort than many people think.
This happened for example at our site in Cologne. Here, the colleagues* met with a nutritionist for an extensive vitality breakfast and learned a lot about healthy and easy-to-prepare snacks that are also suitable for the lunch break – as a tasty alternative to currywurst and co. And at the Frankenthal site, the colleagues* were very enthusiastic about a cooking course that was held in a nearby adventure kitchen. In addition to a lot of fun, this course also brought the realization that healthy nutrition is not so complicated and can be integrated into working life.
An offer that moves
An offer that moves
Our bike for health: the e-bikes of Vitamin V.
Vitamin V is also electrified by the e-bike trend and offers all employees* the opportunity to lease an e-bike at particularly favorable conditions. Colleague Heiko Habicht tried it out.
Vitamin VHeiko, what exactly does Vitamin V offer and why did you choose it??
Heiko HabichtWe cooperate with two external companies through which we can lease high-quality e-bikes at a reasonable price. The e-bikes can be used for business and private purposes and at the end of the three-year leasing period, everyone can decide whether to take over the bike or lease a new one. For me, this offer was attractive – not only financially, but above all because I wanted to move more.
Vitamin VDo you use the e-bike regularly??
Heiko HabichtYes, when the weather allows it, I ride it to work. That is after all 50 kilometers for the way there and back. You move and do something for your fitness – and yet you don't arrive at the office completely exhausted. I also often ride the e-bike privately, for example I took it with me on vacation.
Vitamin VAnd what about the leasing costs??
Heiko HabichtThe leasing rates are moderate and if I want to take over the bike after the leasing period for a small final payment, I will save approx. 15 %. It is well worth it.
Vitamin VYou are the contact person for Vitamin V at the Haan branch. What is the feedback from colleagues* on the e-bike offer??
Heiko Habicht: The interest is definitely there. I am often asked about the e-bikes and asked for details. And I can really only recommend the offer. E-bikes are fun, good for fitness and the price-performance ratio is absolutely fair.
Vitamin VHeiko, thank you very much for the interview and have a good ride!!
Back well, everything good
Back good, everything good
The Vitamin V back course is one of the most popular offerings. What does it bring. How do you feel afterwards? We have asked our colleague Michael Roth from Frankenthal.
Vitamin VMichael, how did you decide to take part in the Vitamin V back courses and what was your experience??
Michael RothThe older you get, the more you feel the effects of constant office work, which consists largely of sitting down. As time went by, my tension increased more and more, so the Vitamin V back course came in very handy. My experience is absolutely positive, the offer helped me a lot. Of course, you can do certain loosening exercises alone at home, but most of the time you don't have the time or the motivation. It is easier and more fun in a group. This was one of the reasons why I decided to take the Vitamin V course.
Vitamin V: What exactly is the back course like?? What do you learn there. How long does the course last? The course lasted several weeks. The course took place once a week directly at our Frankenthal branch. On average there were five of us*. We had a very good trainer who showed us how to loosen our back muscles with specific exercises. In addition, there were of course also practical tips for everyday working life, for example concerning sitting posture.
Vitamin V: Is there anything you would like to see in future Vitamin V back courses?
Michael Roth: Yes, more dates. The course should not only take place once a week, but preferably twice. But this will probably be difficult to realize in time.
Vitamin VDid you use other offers of vitamin V besides the back course??
Michael RothYes, I have already taken part in the cooking course at the Erlebniskuche in Speyer. This was really a great event that excited everyone* who attended. I think there are a lot of interesting offerings at Vitamin V, and I'll definitely be trying other things in the future.