As part of its ongoing commitment to a happy and healthy workplace, Lidl Ireland is delighted to announce the roll-out of one of Ireland’s largest health and wellness programmes in partnership with laya healthcare. 

The Lidl Ireland Health & Wellness programme combines Ireland’s largest corporate cardiac screening programme and a Walk to the Moon Step Challenge, available to all employees, getting Lidl’s 3,200 strong team walking the 325,000 kilometres to the moon in aid of Lidl Ireland’s charity partner Barretstown.


The HeartBeat mobile cardiacscreening service provided by laya healthcare kick started on Monday, 10th August. A purpose built Lidl double decker bus will serve 143 Lidl stores, warehouses and regional offices at 61 locations across the country over a three month period screening the 3,200 members of the Lidl team.

Part of Lidl Ireland’s Health & Wellness programme, Lidl employees book their appointment online, and embark on the custom built Lidl bus for the screening which involves a personal and family history questionnaire; a physical examination with a Physician; a full ECG together with the analysis of the medical data and final reporting. 

Speaking about the largest screening programme, Paul Martin, Head of HR at Lidl said, “10,000 people die from heart attack and stroke each year.  Statistics have also shown that two young people are lost to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) each week. In advance of the Healthy Heart Month, the Lidl screening allows for the detection of underlying heart conditions that may lead to or cause SADS; it will help identify many cardiac abnormalities and help to save lives. 

“This extensive programme and €350,000 investment comes on the back of an initiative we also undertook with laya healthcare last year. The initiative resulted in a life-saving journey for one young member of the Lidl team who participated in a free electrocardiogram (ECG) at work uncovering a number of - and one very large - holes in his heart, meaning he was only processing at a maximum 50% of the oxygen he was breathing, and his heart could have stopped beating at any point.  After open-heart surgery to repair the holes in his heart, he is now back in the gym and back on his bike training longer with more intensity.  This is what Lidl’s investment in health and wellbeing is all about – by investing €350,000, we want to invest in wellness and preventative health and live the message that Lidl wants to help all employees to lead healthier lives.”

D.O. O’Connor, Deputy Managing Director and Director of Business Development, laya healthcare, “As a leading provider of health & wellness in Ireland, we are delighted to partner with Lidl as they look after the health of their entire team.  This is the largest corporate cardiac screening to take place in Ireland and it is also the most unique; taking place on the bespoke Lidl double decker bus, touring around the country.

At laya healthcare we understand the importance of preventative healthcare, having already screened more than 50,000 laya healthcare members to detect underlying conditions and abnormalities that can lead to or cause SADS. With more than a quarter of those screened recommended for further health checks or cardiac investigations, we are delighted to now be looking after Lidl hearts and bringing HeartBeat on the road to 143 Lidl stores.”

Michael Lyster, RTÉ Broadcaster and presenter of The Sunday Game, “As someone who has had my fair share of heart problems I am delighted to be part of Ireland’s largest corporate cardiac screening programme. Almost three years ago I was diagnosed with chronic heart failure and this June suffered a massive, and what could have been life ending, heart attack. I have since been fitted with a defibrillator and am delighted to say I am in great health.

I cannot stress the important of cardiac screening and complement both Lidl and laya healthcare on the amazing work which they are doing. My experience in June showed me how quickly a problem with your heart can completely paralyse your body leaving you or others with very little time to react in order to save your life.  Cardiac screening to detect these problems before they arise really can prove to be the difference between life and death, so I cannot emphasise the importance enough.”



Also key to the health and wellness programme is the Lidl Walk to the Moon Step Challenge 2015.  The Challenge is for all Lidl employees, stores and departments to walk to the Moon– 325,000 kilometres. The challenge kick started on July 6th with 80% of the Lidl Ireland team signing up (over 2,500 employees), each receiving a starter pack – a sports bag; a wearable pedometer; a reusable water bottle ; nutritional guide and FAQs.  The team is making fantastic strides forwards, already over three quarters of the way with the moon firmly in sight (over 270,000 kilometres).

Steps are logged automatically from the challenger’s pedometer and recorded on the custom made Lidl Step Challenge app with the leader board being updated every day.  On reaching the moon, Lidl Ireland will donate €50,000 to Barretstown bringing their total donations to the children’s charity to over €900,000.

“A Step Challenge is a fun way to get people on board; thinking about their health and wellbeing and making positive lifestyle changes,” concluded Paul Martin, Head of HR Lidl.

The Lidl Health & Wellness double decker bus will tour the country from August 10th – October 13th.


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