Monsanto Hawaii Hosts First Annual Employee Health and Safety Fair

On April 26, Monsanto Hawaii hosted its First Annual Employee Health and Safety Fair at our Kunia farm on Oahu. Attended by more than 200 Monsanto employees, the event featured complimentary health screenings and information on personal well-being, preventative care and safety tips from local health providers, community organizations and government agencies.

“Safety is our top priority at Monsanto and it all starts with our employees,” said Dr. John Purcell, business and technology lead at Monsanto Hawaii. “Our goal is to help educate and provide health and safety resources to our employees and their families through informative exhibits, workshops and fun activities.”

The day-long event covered a wide range of topics including adult immunization education, auto theft prevention, diabetes, emergency preparedness, fire safety, first aid, heat danger and heat stress, mental health, spinal posture, vision health, weight management and more.

In addition, attendees enjoyed free massages, on-site Zumba fitness classes and participated in educational workshops including one by Monsanto’s own Wahine to Wahine network who provided a lesson on dehydration.

“To have more than 15 community partners lend their support and come to our farm to talk to our employees about health and safety was invaluable,” said Melveen Longboy, Occupational Health Nurse at Monsanto Hawaii. “A special mahalo to the volunteers, vendors and Monsanto employees for making this event a success.”

Monsanto partnered with several organizations and businesses including Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA) HI Chapter, Chaminade University School of Nursing, Cornerstone Chiropractic, First Physical and Functional Rehab, Hawaiian Eye Center, HECO, HMSA, Healthcare School of Hawaii, Honolulu Fire Department, Honolulu Police Department, Kaiser Permanente, Counseling Services in Kapolei, Ke Ola Mamo, Philippine Nurses Association, Rebound Hawaii, The Queen’s Health Systems, The Queen’s Medical Center West Oahu and The State Department of Health.