On 26 May, employees of parts specialist TVH crowned their six-month sports training with the Izegem quarter triathlon. TVH guided them in the run-up to the race, together with professionals from Energy Lab.
In December 2021, 20 TVH employees – the so-called TVH Nudge Stars – embarked on a sporting journey that would change their lives. Thanks to TVH, 13 colleagues from Belgium and 7 international employees received six months of professional sports coaching to prepare them for this quarter triathlon. A personal training schedule was developed for each Nudge Star, they received a sports outfit in the TVH colours and intensive guidance was always within reach.
We are very proud that our Managing Director based in the UK was one of the great people who also took up this Nudge Star challenge. Putting the challenge to good effect, as well as completing the triathlon John has so far raised over £1,300 for Loros Hospice in Leicester, a local charity which continues to provide hands on support to the family of our colleagues in Coventry after their recent bereavement.
ENCOURAGING HEALTHIER CHOICES
The trajectory at TVH in which they were guided, is part of TVH’s Nudge health policy. Through Nudge, the company encourages its employees to make healthier choices. TVH did so before by setting up initiatives around mental wellbeing, sports and healthy nutrition. So this year, they went even further.
Niki Mistiaen, Employee Happiness Advisor at TVH and organiser of the Nudge actions, explains: “Some colleagues were already regularly taking part in sports competitions before this programme, while others hadn’t touched their running shoes or bicycle in years. After months of intensive exercising, with ups and downs, they delivered a very nice performance. There were even a few personal records broken.”
TO BE REPEATED NEXT YEAR
Aron De Ketele (Administrator Materials) was one of the Nudge Stars. Things didn’t always go smoothly, he says: “An injury during training caused some setbacks. But above all, I retain a very positive feeling about this adventure. For example, we met triathlete Frederik Van Lierde, who provided us with tips.” For Hermien Wittouck (Learning & Development Specialist) too, training for the quarter triathlon had become ‘part of life’: “It was quite a puzzle to combine six training sessions a week with my household, but it was all worth it. I am very proud that I was able to do this. I can recommend all my colleagues to participate next year as well.”
In addition to the Nudge Stars, another 47 TVH colleagues competed in the quarter or fun triathlon. Dominiek Valcke, CEO of TVH, also participated: “TVH sponsors the fun triathlon this year. This event ties in perfectly with our Nudge programme: promoting a more active, healthier lifestyle among our employees. It is something in which TVH invests considerably because a healthy employee contributes to a better working atmosphere and more happiness at work. That is why we will definitely be back here next year with new Nudge Stars.”