Cargill walks the walk

Take a Walk Day ‘aligns perfectly’ with company’s wellness philosophy

Author: Jamie Hall

Take a walk

Participating in WCB-Alberta’s annual Take a Walk Day was a no-brainer for Renee Siki.

“The event aligns perfectly with the philosophy we promote at Cargill,” says Siki who, as the process safety manager, leads the High River facility’s safety program.

Katie Robinson, who’s in charge of health and wellness, echoes her colleague’s sentiments.

“We want our team members to go home in better condition than when they get to work,” says Robinson.

A popular event

Of the 2,100 employees who work at Cargill’s beef processing facility, more than 500 took part in Take a Walk Day last year—amazing participation, especially for the first time out.

“We’re looking forward to an even bigger turnout this year,” says Siki.

Since its inception in 2012, Take a Walk Day has grown substantially each year. Its goal is to encourage Albertans to keep moving through back pain, because maintaining an active lifestyle is better for overall back health. This year’s event will be held on Aug. 24.

Promoting self-care

When it comes to promoting health and wellness on the job, it’s safe to say Cargill sets a great example.

Nearly 800 employees use the company’s on-site gym every day and its annual Wellness Week has become one of their most anticipated initiatives. Each day throughout that week, there are different activities for staff to take part in (soccer, basketball, walking, stretching and conditioning, circuit training and even hula hoop), with participation from all levels at the plant.

“We actively promote self-care and preventive activities to decrease the likelihood our team members will get injured in the first place,” says Robinson. “And over the years, we have seen people become stronger and healthier.”

Join us!

Every Albertan is encouraged to register for Take a Walk Day for a chance to win some great prizes. There is no specific time or distance required to participate—all you need to do on Aug. 24 is walk. Register today! Your back will thank you.


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