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Too taboo?

Alcohol problems, gambling and suicide are all taboo issues that concern employers in the City and beyond. Membership of the Business Healthy network offers an opportunity to engage with like-minded organisations who have the health and wellbeing of their workforce at the front of mind.

The Business Healthy team recognises that it can be reputationally risky for individual firms to be addressing these issues in isolation, but not talking about them doesn't make them go away; nor does it reduce their potential risk to critical business operations. Business Healthy is providing a safe space for HR leads within City firms to discuss taboo topics as a community, through upcoming confidential masterclasses and roundtable discussions.

Find out more here.

Menopause and the workplace is another sensitive topic that the network has broached in recent months. Find the presentation from our masterclass with UBS and Dr Theodora Kalentzi of Medical Prime, as well as other resources, here.

Dragon Cafe in the City

Dragon Cafe in the City provides a space for City workers and residents to release the pressure and take part in a wide range of free and creative activities. A healthy and free lunch, refreshments and snacks are also available. The next session is taking place this week - Wednesday 22 May, between 12 and 7:30pm. No need to pre-register, just drop in.
Download the PDF of the programme here.
Quote of the week:

"Lucrative, demanding roles at banks and law firms attract hordes of ‘highly motivated, highly driven’ candidates…this process of self-selection leads to a constant cycle of increasing effort to match ambitious peers and, coupled with the ‘unlimited’ workload at City firms, can ultimately lead to exhaustion…That cycle is often hardest to break at firms structured as partnerships…Legal and accountancy firms, which are typically set up in this way, are governed by ‘the survivors, the winners’ of the attritional system of career progression and can therefore struggle to see the need for reform." - "Is working in the City bad for your mental health?", asks Michael O'Dwyer in the The Telegraph

Business Healthy Challenge update


We are into the fourth and penultimate week of the Business Healthy Challenge and there's a race to the top! Almost half of all of the 183 teams have earned the 3,000 points needed to be entered into the grand prize draw at the end of the month.

Here are some vital statistics on this free Challenge so far...
  • 648 participants, representing 59 organisations of a range of sizes and sectors
  • 183 teams
  • 576,071 points recorded so far, with walking logged as the most popular activity
As stands, the top five teams are:
  • Ouch Potatoes (Nomura)
  • Thames Typhoons (Nomura)
  • We're here for the teeth whitening (Teneo Consulting)
  • CBT (City of London Corporation)
  • DevTeam (City of London Corporation)
Challenge participants and City workers are able to benefit from a number of free activities taking part across the Square Mile this May, which offer the opportunity to make the most of the warmer weather and lighter evenings and get more active.

There are lots of free lunchtime activities to choose from this week, including guided walks, Run Club and Bootcamp sessions.  For more information and to access the entire timetable, click here.

There are also many free cultural events and activities, for City workers to enjoy, which are available as part of the City Corporation's "Culture Mile" - visit the website for more details.
Coming up...
  • Men's Health Week (10 - 16 June)
According to the Global Burden of Disease Compare tool, the main causes of death for males of all ages in the UK are:
- Ischemic heart disease (17%)
- Stroke (7%)
- Lung cancer (7%)
- Alzheimer's disease and other dementias (7%)
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (7%)

Among men aged 15 to 49 years old in the UK, drugs, alcohol and self-harm account for a huge 11%, 5% and 15% of total annual deaths respectively.

We know that it can be difficult to engage with men about their health - this Men's Health Week, why not signpost to services that can support healthy living, such as free stop smoking coaching? You could also run a free lunch and learn session on the risks of substance abuse (including alcohol and/ or drugs). Anyone aged between 40 and 74 years old can access a free NHS Health Check through their GP, which can flag elevated risk of diabetes and high blood pressure, for example.

Download free "Release the Pressure" campaign posters and other resources here, to display and share with your workforce. "Release the Pressure" is an ongoing City-wide campaign that encourages individuals to spot signs when they, or someone close to them, may be struggling with their mental health and signposts them to free and local support.

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Business Healthy is funded and delivered by the City of London Corporation's Public Health team, supporting the City Corporation's statutory obligations to ensure the health and wellbeing of the almost half a million people who work in the Square Mile each day.

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