12 May 2018

Minister Delighted At AIG Wellbeing Fair

It brings me great pleasure to be here to take part in an initiative where one of Bermuda’s most significant international companies puts the focus on the health of their employees.

From the time AIG formed its first Bermuda company through a special Act of Parliament just before Christmas of 1947, the company has been an important part of Bermuda’s business life.

In establishing Bermuda’s first international insurance company, many believe it to be the spark which led to Bermuda’s substantial international insurance and reinsurance markets of today.

But the company has for many years also played an important role in other parts of Bermuda life with more than 90 employees active in the community and the iconic AIG building on Richmond Road.

This AIG Wellness Fair is just another example of the corporate contribution made by the company to the Bermuda community.

The fair is formally being hosted by American International Company Ltd., fondly known to Bermudians as AICO, and is open to all of the building’s tenants, insurance industry companies with an additional staff of approximately 340.

It is also heartening to see that you have already been busy with health education opportunities for staff with a series of “Lunch N Learn” seminars.

You’ve discussed the need to arrest the rise of obesity and diabetes in Bermuda; had a presentation on diabetes awareness; and had a nutrition talk on reducing stress and increasing energy.

These seminars have contained important life lessons for your employees – the same lessons the Ministry of Health has been sharing with the broader community.

I’m glad to see such great partners in this important goal to improve the health of all our residents. The Ministry’s vision is “Healthy people in healthy communities” and events like today, supported by good corporate citizens like AIG, bring us closer to achieving this vision.

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