John Lewis & Waitrose launch workshops to alleviate Covid-19 stress

John Lewis Waitrose Vitality Peter Cross
// John Lewis and Waitrose team up with health and life insurer Vitality to offer customers wellbeing workshops
// The initiative is exclusively available to myWaitrose and myJohn Lewis members

Waitrose and John Lewis have joined forces with health and life insurer Vitality to offer customers a series of free virtual workshops on health and wellbeing.

The initiative is exclusively available to myWaitrose and myJohn Lewis members, and the sessions have been designed to address some of the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown.

From this week, both retailers’ members are being invited to book onto the classes which include talks by in-house Waitrose nutritionists, family fitness classes with Olympic swimmer Lizzie Simmonds and Olympic Modern Pentathlete Samantha Murra, as well as cardio sessions run by Vitality’s clinicians and coaches.


Classes will take place every Wednesday throughout June.

There will also be classes on posture principles including a session run by Olympian Lord Seb Coe and a Vitality physiotherapist.

“Lockdown will have taken its toll on us all in different ways, whether it’s long hours working on an unsuitable chair in our bedrooms, unhealthy snacking, disturbed sleep or lack of proper exercise, as well as the impact on our mental health,” John Lewis and Waitrose customer experience director Peter Cross said.

“We’re really excited to be doing our bit to help and have created a broad range of content with some of the nation’s superstars as well as our own in house experts to look at wellbeing from a variety of angles – we hope that there’s something here for everyone however small.”

The workshops come after the retailer announced a partnership between its supermarket chain and Vitality earlier this year.

Meanwhile, a range of other virtual services have been launched by both Waitrose and John Lewis in recent weeks, including nursery, home and styling advice services.

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  1. What a load of old rubbish. What about the welfare of their staff who have been bombarded by panic buying customers throughout the outbreak. Waitrose & John Lewis directors & management need to remind themselves that they wouldn’t have the money to provide these nonsense services without their hardworking staff who they grossly undervalue & underpay.


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