Builders merchant chain MKM is taking part in the MKM Heart Challenge, from now until February 26 in support of the British Heart Foundation’s annual fundraising campaign – Red for Heart.
The challenge is an eight-week competition between a team in each branch, made up of of employees and customers, to help reduce their risk of heart disease.
As part of the competition, each team member will set their own health goals, ranging from improving their fitness, losing weight to stopping smoking. To help motivate them, they’re asking for sponsorship from friends, work colleagues and family, and maybe even the odd customer or two.
Key health measurements will be taken at the start of the challenge such as body mass index, weight, blood pressure and hip to waist ratio. Participants will then be measured every week. The branch that has the lowest risk of heart disease will be declared the winner.
MKM managing director Bill Acton says, “We’re well aware of our responsibilities to our staff and customers, and as we know of the good work the British Heart Foundation performs and wanted to support them, we came up with this idea. If I was being honest we could all eat a bit less, drink less and take more exercise, so I’m going to stick my neck out, dig out my trainers and sign up- I hope where I go the rest will follow!”