30 June saw the end of the challenge Sanitas Healthy Cities for personal and planetary health in which we participated together with 229 other companies, obtaining 3rd place in the “Large Company” category.
The awards ceremony, held at the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid, was attended by two representatives of our Human Resources department, Pedro Salvador and Francisco Colomer. Their presence at this event highlighted the importance that our company attaches to promoting a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
As reported by Sanitas, the Healthy Cities Challenge has attracted more than 24,000 participants, achieving a total of more than 6,303 million steps, equivalent to a staggering 105 laps around the Earth.
Within this context, Eiffage Energía Sistemas it obtained outstanding results, with 344 medals out of a total of 547 workers registered in the challenge. Of these, 62 have won gold medals, 127 silver medals and 155 bronze medals.
The joint effort of our participating employees has resulted in a significant achievement: 184,942,568 steps have been walked, covering a distance of 136,842 kilometres.
24,000 trees will be planted
In response to the high volume of participation, as the initiative has broken its own record of participants, Sanitas is extending its initial commitment and will plant 24,000 trees, one for each participant, collaborating with NGOs such as WWF, the Jane Goodall Institute and urban projects such as the Zaragozanos Forest. These trees will be used to create urban and peri-urban green areas to help improve the health of people and environments, and will help to combat desertification.
36 tonnes of CO2 emissions have been avoided
In addition, we have left the car at home for 7,425 days, thus avoiding the emission of 36 tonnes of CO2 (amount emitted by 244 flights between Madrid and Barcelona).
Healthy Cities was created eight years ago and has the twin aim of encouraging people to walk 6,000 steps a day, as a way to maintain an active lifestyle, and to leave the car at home at least one day a week to take care of the planet’s health. If participants meet the challenge, Sanitas donates funds to generate green spaces in urban and peri-urban environments that contribute to improving global health. This dual challenge is aligned with the One Health concept, which shows the link between the health of people and the environment.