Baiduri Bank successfully hosted its inaugural Workplace Wellness Forum at the Baiduri Community Space, Baiduri Bank Headquarters yesterday, marking a significant milestone as the first public-private initiative of its kind.
The Baiduri Workplace Wellness Forum is a collaboration between Baiduri Bank and the Ministry of Health, highlighting their joint commitment to building a healthy and prosperous nation, which aligns with Goal 2 (High Quality of Life) of Brunei’s National Vision Wawasan 2035 and the Brunei Darussalam Mental Health Action Plan 2022-2025.
Health professionals from the Health Promotion Centre (HPC), Clinical Psychology Department of the Ministry of Health (MOH), Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC), and Clarity Brunei formed the speaker panel, discussing a range of topics including mental health, maintaining a balanced diet, as well as preventative and management strategies to combat chronic diseases.
In his opening remarks, Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Hj Mustapha, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Business Development of Baiduri Bank, said, “In 2020, we launched the Employee Wellness Initiative (EWI), centered on four fundamental pillars: mental, emotional, spiritual, and financial health. This forum stands as a testament to the Bank’s commitment to cultivating a positive work environment, and we hope to inspire other organisations to prioritise the implementation of wellness initiatives.”
Dr Hilda Ho, Head of Psychiatric Services at MOH and mental health panelist at the forum, commended Baiduri Bank’s initiative to prioritise employee wellness, stating it demonstrates their understanding of the profound influence work culture has on the overall performance of an organisation.
During the panel discussion, HPC, Baiduri Bank’s wellness partner, shed light on their recently launched ‘Reduce Salt’ programme dedicated to raising awareness of healthier dietary choices, and the ‘Healthier Choice Logo (HCL)’ initiative to advocate for healthier food options that meet the Brunei Nutrient Criteria.
The event also featured a session led by expert advisors from Actxa Wellness Singapore on kickstarting a transformative wellness journey, alongside a special demonstration on healthy meal preparation by Seven Sporks.
The event concluded with participants joining a variety of wellness and fitness activities guided by instructors from Soul Industry.
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THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN