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ESS Helps FIFOs Tackle Healthy Living Head On

For media inquiries, please contact PJ Brooks, Communications Manager, Compass Group Australia
Phone: 0428 782 318

Mar 02, 2015


PERTH and BRISBANE – 2 March 2015 – The 2014 Tastelife Challenge, a 12-week weight loss program implemented by ESS Support Services, the dedicated defence, remote and offshore brand of Compass Group Australia, resulted in more than four tonnes of weight being lost by participants who completed the challenge. A total of 2,542cm were shed from participants’ waistline as well – an average of 7.39cm per person.

Wheatstone ALC TeamThe challenge is run by ESS’ Active Life Coaches (ALCs), who lead exercise programs, promote community events and provide nutritional advice to FIFO and DIDO workers year round as part of ESS’s integrated food and support services offering.  This inter-site challenge is the longest running program of its kind promoted on remote mine sites.

Wayne Craig, a FIFO contractor who participated at Gateway Village in South Hedland, was named the 2014 challenge winner. Craig lost an incredible 42kg (34% of his bodyweight) - the single highest amount lost in the challenges’ nine year history.
“I can’t thank the ESS team at Gateway Village enough. They provided me with all the tools, support and knowledge I needed to transform my body and my life. I would encourage anyone working on a site where the program is offered to sign up and give it a go,” said Craig.

Craig is just one of more than 7,000 site-based workers who have lost more than 17,000kg since the Tastelife Challenge was introduced in 2005, making it one of the most successful remote workplace fitness challenges in Australia.

More than 30 sites where ESS provides food and support services competed in the 2014 challenge with Chevron Australia’s operations on Barrow Island – where 382 men and women took the challenge and collectively lost more than 1,100 kilograms – named the overall site winner.

“ESS is committed to creating thriving communities for our clients and their employees. This means ensuring they have access to healthy lifestyle options – from food to exercise to support networks – they would find at home.

“The end goal for our clients is a healthier, happier and more productive workforce and the best way to achieve that is to support the health and wellness of each employee,” said John Sheridan, Executive Director, ESS Support Services Worldwide.

The Tastelife Challenge is part of parent company Compass Group’s Tastelife program.  A complete end-to-end health and wellness solution, the program has been implemented in over 400 remote working locations across Australia and New Zealand and combines four programs: Activelife, Healthylife, Leisurelife and Nutritiouslife.

The four programs that make up Tastelife have been developed by a team of specialists that includes accredited and industry recognised dieticians, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, tertiary qualified exercise and health science professionals and certified fitness coaches.

The specialists have linked elements of nutrition, activity, exercise and moderation, whilst promoting a healthy lifestyle that can be maintained by employees.

The Tastelife program modules are tailored for each employee and have been implemented throughout a range of industries. Tastelife also provides access to individual health checks, gym introductory lessons, injury prevention tactics, return to work programs and monitoring, health education and nutritional support.

About ESS Support Services

ESS Support Services is Compass Group’s dedicated sector brand for defence, offshore and remote.  Compass Group is a world-leading food and support services company operating in 50 countries, employing more than 500,000 people and serving over 4 billion meals every year. In the year to 30 September 2014, the company generated annual revenue of £17.1 billion ($29AUD billion.)

In Australia, Compass Group operates across the core sectors of Business & Industry, Defence, Education, Facilities Management, Fine Dining, Healthcare & Aged Care, Offshore & Remote, Security Services and Sports & Leisure. Compass Group Australia employs more than 12,000 people at over 650 sites.  In addition to ESS, the company’s dedicated sector brands include:  Chartwells, DeltaFM, Eurest, LAPG Education, Levy Restaurants, Medirest, Scolarest, Omega Security Services and Restaurant Associates.