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Happy New Year! 2019 is in full swing and we are excited to be working with our member organisations over the next 12 months and beyond, to improve the health and wellbeing of the City's workforce.

Dates for your diary

  • Suicide Prevention Awareness Training, Friday 8 February
Aimed at anyone working within a City business with responsibilities for health, wellbeing, HR, facilities or security, this Samaritans-led session provides an opportunity to learn core skills to support someone at crisis point. This Square Mile-specific training is hosted in partnership with the City of London Police and Franklin Templeton Investments. More information and bookings here.
  • Menopause Masterclass for HR leads, Thursday 7 March
Despite menopause affecting half of the population at some point in their lives, it is still a taboo subject and not widely incorporated into organisations' health and wellbeing approaches. This means that female employees experiencing menopausal symptoms often feel marginalised and misunderstood and this can have a large knock-on impact on their mental and physical wellbeing, as well as their colleagues'. Led by City-based GP Dr Theodora Kalentzis, in partnership with UBS. More details to come soon.
  • The Business Healthy Challenge 2019
Back for National Walking Month 2019, in partnership with national walking charity Living Streets, this month-long initiative engages hundreds of City workers across many different organisations, encouraging them to compete against each other in teams and earn points for their physical activity.

The 2018 Challenge was sponsored by Nomura and the Cheapside Business Alliance and supported by Public Health England London:
- 74% of participants said that the Challenge encouraged them to be more physically active;
- Three months after the end of the Challenge, 42% of participants reported maintaining the same level of physical activity as they had during the Challenge;
- 70% of participants said that the Challenge had either been "very" or "somewhat" beneficial to their wellbeing.

The Challenge has also shown to encourage team-work and engagement between colleagues and active travel, as well as support fitness-building and weight-loss.

If your organisation is interested in taking part in 2019, or in sponsorship opportunities, please get in touch here
  • Supporting the health and wellbeing of the "hidden" workforce, in partnership with the Greater London Authority, May 2019
While many of the City's 483,000 workers are employed in well-paid, desk-based jobs, there is also the often "hidden", but equally vital workforce - those in low-paid, manual, roles, such as security, cleaning, catering and retail. These workers often face their own set of challenges when looking after and accessing support for their health and wellbeing. This event is hosted at City Hall, in partnership with the GLA and is aimed at companies directly employing staff in low-paid and manual roles, as well as the businesses and organisations that subcontract them on their premises. More details to come soon.
  • Addicted to the win? Gambling, mental health and the workplace, Thursday 13 June
Approximately 2.5 million adults in the UK have risky or problem-levels of gambling, which can result in significant harm for the individual, their family, their employers, social networks, community and wider society. Following some high-profile cases, more work is being done to look at the links between problem gambling and the profile of those working in specific jobs within the City - particularly trading. The proliferation of gambling shops and online betting sites and apps can also encourage risky levels of gambling. This workshop will address the legal and health/ duty of care challenges surrounding gambling within the workforce. More details to come soon.
  • Dragon Cafe in the City - back for 2019
We are delighted to announce that Dragon Cafe in the City is returning for 2019! The first session will take place on Wednesday 30 January and will run fortnightly at Shoe Lane Library, between 12 and 7:30pm. A programme will follow soon - in the meantime, visit 

If you are designing your organisation's programme of activities and events for 2019, make sure you have a look at our "Health and Wellbeing Campaigns Calendar". This free and useful tool has been developed in partnership with City & Hackney's Public Health team and outlines key health and wellbeing milestones throughout the year. Access the calendar here.
Quote of the week: "Although staff spending is not an employer's issue, there is great scope to support staff with financial wellbeing and education, so they can start 2019 in the best possible way, helping them to reduce stress and increase productivity." -  Heidi Allan, Head of Employee Wellbeing at Neyber

City workers can access free and confidential advice on financial debt, and other issues, through City Advice's drop-in sessions and phone line.
This week...
  • National Obesity Awareness Week (14 - 20 January)
January is a time for new beginnings and resolutions. As tempting as it may be to delve into the leftover Christmas chocolate, many of us try to shake off the excesses of the Christmas season and opt for the healthier choices.

Choosing the healthier choice can be tricky when buying breakfast, lunch, or dinner out. Public Health England recommends a "400-600-600" respective calorie limit to guide choices and The Telegraph has created a list of the healthiest lunches available to buy from outlets commonly found across the City of London (read here).

Cutting out specific foods can be overly-restrictive and not always the most helpful approach, so limiting foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar to occasional treats and incorporating more wholegrains, vegetables, pulses and fruits, as well as upping water intake, can be an easier way to eat more healthily.

Sharing best practice 



NICE Talks Podcast

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced a podcast on keeping active in the workplace, looking at how employers can support their staff. The podcast features Dr Michael Brannan, National Lead for Physical Activity at Public Health England (PHE) and Laura Thomas, from Step Jockey. Listen here.

Society of Occupational Medicine Case Study

The SOM represents all healthcare professionals working, or with an interest, in occupational health. You can imagine, therefore, that it takes its own workforce's health and wellbeing seriously. The Society of Occupational Medicine has written a case study for Business Healthy members on its approach to staff health and wellbeing. Read it here.

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