Adopting healthy habits improves the main health indicators in six months

Adopting healthy habits improves the main health indicators in six months

  • SEAT, IrsiCaixa, Hospital Clínic, Harvard University and ITAE Empresas present the results of the pioneering study MedCARS, with the participation of close to 500 employees of the Spanish carmaker
  • The study confirms a direct correlation between the Mediterranean diet, a real, guided change in habits and the improved state of health of the population
  • The results of the analysis have led to the largest database on microbiome associated with the Mediterranean diet, which will enable further research

SEAT, IrsiCaixa, Hospital Clínic, ITAE Empresas and scientists from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health recently presented the results of MedCARS, a pioneering global study on the multifactorial intervention in healthy lifestyles. Their research showed that adopting healthy habits, such as the Mediterranean diet and physical exercise, improves important health indicators in just six months including cardiovascular risk factors, sleep quality and mental and emotional health.

The analysis was made in the framework of the SEAT Healthy Company Scientific Committee and successfully confirmed the direct correlation between the Mediterranean diet, a real, guided change in habits and improved health. At the same time, the research results now form a collection of the world’s largest database of microbiome associated with the Mediterranean diet, which will enable further research in the future.

The MedCARS team worked for one month to integrate healthy habits into the lifestyle of around 500 employees at the SEAT factory and verify their impact on their state of health. Prior to this, the Scientific Committee had carried out a retrospective study into the health of SEAT workers, where nearly ten million health data were analysed, which led to the conclusion that the company’s workforce is a universal sampling of the surroundings and that the results can be extrapolated to the rest of the population.

 

A representative sample of the population

Dr. Patricia Such, head of Health and Safety at SEAT, pointed out that “together with schools, work centres are the only other large group venues where action can be taken to improve health. The study aimed to demonstrate that an intervention on the lifestyle of SEAT employees, which includes promoting the Mediterranean diet, more physical exercise and improved emotional health, would lead to a significant improvement in their state of health.”

In order to test this hypothesis, two groups of 300 volunteer employees were compared who underwent a thorough medical examination and an analysis of their eating habits and the amount of sport they practice. For six months, one group was given guidelines on how to improve their lifestyle, including advice on nutrition, healthy recipes, lifestyle and sport; a monthly gift of five litres of olive oil and 30 grammes of nuts daily; a healthy sandwich at work; a healthy choice in vending machines; discounts at Veritas supermarkets and diet and psychological assistance in the form of seminars.

 

Improved health in six months

After months of analysing the behaviour of the simple, a significant improvement was seen in the factors associated with cardiovascular risk in the intervention group: reduced body weight and waist circumference, improved lipid profile and a decrease in the inflammatory markers, which for example are associated with a progression of arteriosclerosis. Furthermore, the intervention group had a better mental health index and better quality of sleep.

In addition to this direct relation between the change of habits and a substantial improvement in health, psychological and emotional support was proven to be decisive for participants to firmly integrate new habits. Laura Solana, the training director at ITAE Empresas, underscored that “in order to avoid falling into traps when aiming to generate new habits, we work on adapting to change and managing the expectations that come with it, as well as on self-motivation strategies and organising the surroundings.” Family members were also present in some of the support sessions.

 

Next steps: microbiome

Thanks to the study, the most extensive collection of big data has been gathered on microbiome linked to intervention with the Mediterranean diet. Researchers collected samples of intestinal microbiome before and after the intervention. New lines of research are possible with this database that will enable analysing the impact of nutritional changes on the intestinal microbiome, as well as the relationship between the intestinal microbiome and general health. This part of the study will be conducted by the IrsiCaixa AIDS Research Institute, a centre which is jointly sponsored by “la Caixa” and the Department of Health of the Catalan Government.

 

One more step in SEAT’s commitment to health

SEAT has become a benchmark of occupational health in a corporate environment. Following the inauguration of CARS (Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centre) in 2017, a one of a kind medical centre which performs more than 70,000 medical procedures annually on SEAT employees, and the presentation in 2018 of the results of a retrospective study that analysed the state of health of more than 30,000 people, MedCARS embodies SEAT’s commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles among the worker population and their families, beyond the company itself. With MedCARS, the goal is met of improving the health of workers, generating scientific knowledge for society and advocating for health as a key component for increasing the competitiveness of businesses.

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SEAT est la seule entreprise qui crée, développe, produit et commercialise des voitures en Espagne. Marque du Groupe Volkswagen, la multinationale, dont le siège social se trouve à Martorell (Barcelone), exporte plus de 80 % de ses véhicules vers plus de 80 pays situés sur les 5 continents. En 2018, SEAT a affiché un bénéfice après impôts de 294 millions d’euros, a vendu 517 600 voitures et a enregistré un chiffre d’affaires record de presque 10 milliards d’euros.

Le Groupe SEAT emploie plus de 15 000 personnes dans ses trois centres de production de Barcelone, El Prat de Llobregat et Martorell, où il produit notamment les très prisées Ibiza, Arona et Leon. Par ailleurs, SEAT construit l'Ateca en République tchèque, le Tarraco en Allemagne, l’Alhambra au Portugal et très bientôt la Mii electric en Slovaquie.


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Fondé en 1805, le groupe D’Ieteren vise, à travers plusieurs générations familiales, la croissance et la création de valeur en poursuivant une stratégie à long terme pour ses activités et en soutenant leur développement en tant que leader de leur secteur ou dans leurs géographies. Le groupe possède actuellement trois activités articulées autour de marques fortes:

D’Ieteren Auto distribue en Belgique les véhicules des marques Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Škoda, Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Porsche et Yamaha. Il est le premier distributeur de voitures en Belgique avec une part de marché d’environ 21% et 1,2 million de véhicules en circulation. Le chiffre d’affaires et le résultat opérationnel ajusté ont atteint respectivement 3,4 milliards d’euros et 113,0 millions d’euros en 2018.

- Belron (détenu à 54,10 %) a un objectif clair : « faire la différence en s’impliquant avec un soin réel dans la résolution des problèmes des clients ». Leader mondial dans le domaine de la réparation et du remplacement de vitrage de véhicules, Belron opère dans 35 pays par l'intermédiaire d'entreprises détenues à 100 % et de franchises, avec des marques numéro un sur le marché – notamment Carglass®, Safelite® et Autoglass®. De plus, l'entreprise gère les demandes d’indemnisation concernant les vitres de véhicules et autres pour le compte des clients des assurances. Elle a également étendu ses services aux marchés de la réparation et du remplacement automobiles et en cas de dommage immobilier. Le chiffre d'affaires et le résultat opérationnel ajusté ont atteint respectivement 3,8 milliards EUR et 225,7 millions EUR en 2018.

- Moleskine (détenu à 100%) est une marque aspirationnelle invitant à l’exploration et l’expression d’un style de vie, qui regroupe toute une famille d'objets iconiques tels que le légendaire carnet Moleskine et des accessoires d’écriture, de voyage et de lecture, à travers une stratégie de distribution multicanal dans plus de 115 pays. Le chiffre d’affaires et le résultat opérationnel ont atteint respectivement 174,1 millions d’euros et 28,6 millions d’euros en 2018.

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