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Celebrating Dragon Cafe in the City

Last week many City employers, workers and residents took part in an event to celebrate Dragon Cafe in the City. As part of the celebrations, the City of London's Town Clerk and Chief Executive, John Barradell, and co-founder and former chair of the Bank of England's mental health network, Adam Spreadbury, spoke about the importance of creating a culture of openness and collaborative working to improve mental health and the effectiveness of storytelling.

The next Dragon Cafe in the City session will be held on Thursday 5th April, noon - 8:30pm. Programme details will be available soon, either via the website, or you can subscribe (at the bottom of the page) to receive them direct to your inbox.

Dragon Cafe in the City continues to attract interest from the media too! View the latest piece in SME Magazine here.

Breaking news: more chances to apply

The deadline to apply to this year's Sustainable City Awards has been extended to Thursday 12 April. Alongside the "Healthier City" category for organisations demonstrating best practice in supporting the health and wellbeing of their own staff and the wider community, there are a range of other categories offering a platform to demonstrate excellence. The Awards are completely free to enter. Find out more here.

Get fit. Earn prizes


“I am delighted that The Business Healthy Challenge is returning again to the Square Mile. It’s a fantastic opportunity for City employees to get physically active and I’d encourage all to sign up and take the challenge. Being sedentary comes at a huge cost not only to businesses and the economy but to an individual’s health. Getting physically active brings so many benefits to both physical and mental health and initiatives such as this, to get people up and away from their desks, can provide the motivation they need to make exercise a part of their daily lives.” - Professor Yvonne Doyle CB, Regional Director - London, Public Health England.

It really couldn't be easier for your organisation to take part in the Business Healthy Challenge 2018. Click on the button below for more information on the Challenge and details on how to register your organisation. Once you've registered your interest, we send you all the promotional materials to share with employees. Be sure to be quick, though, as once the 1,000 spaces are gone, they're gone!

Please note that only organisations based within the Square Mile are eligible to take part.
Get involved
Coming up...
  • World Health Day, 7 April
This year's theme is "Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere". Why not use World Health Day to promote health and wellbeing initiatives to staff, including the Business Healthy Challenge?
  • Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (April)

Bowel (colorectal) cancer is the UK's second most dangerous type of cancer by number of deaths, but if diagnosed early it is treatable. Having a strong family history of the cancer, a history of non-cancerous growths in the bowel, a longstanding inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease, being aged over 50, or Type 2 diabetes can put someone at increased risk of developing bowel cancer.

An unhealthy lifestyle is another one of the factors that increase the risk of developing bowl cancer and scientists believe that over half (54%) of all bowel cancers could be prevented by leading a healthier lifestyle; exercising regularly, cutting down on alcohol and tobacco and improving diet. Information on eating better can be found below.

Public Health England and Business in the Community have produced a toolkit for employers on "physical activity, healthy eating and healthier weight", which can be accessed here.

Feeling wheezy? This could be why

The annual hayfever season is about to get into full swing. Around 13 million people in the UK are affected by hayfever and some of the symptoms, such as coughing, can be similar to those associated with asthma. Other hayfever symptoms include:
  • sneezing
  • a runny, or blocked, nose
  • itchy, red or watery eyes
  • itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
  • loss of smell
  • pain around temples and forehead
  • headache
  • earache
  • feeling tired
Asthma UK has produced the above infographic to help people distinguish between asthma and hayfever symptoms, particularly if they already have asthma. Those experiencing the former, might also have a tight feeling in their chest, be short of breath and wheeze and cough. The pollen calendar below shows the pollen season for each of the key sources of hayfever, and when they are at their peak.

Stopping "calorie creep"

Adults are consuming on average between 200 and 300 extra calories per day, representing a “calorie creep”. Over time, this can lead to overweight or obesity among adults. Currently, two-thirds of adults are either overweight or obese.

Public Health England has launched its “Nutrition on the Go” campaign, which encourages people to make healthier choices while out and about and be more aware about how many calories they are consuming in their breakfast, lunch, dinner and any snacks.

The campaign makes a suggestion of 400 calories for breakfast, 600 for lunch and 600 for dinner, plus a couple of healthier snacks and drinks in between. This 400-600-600 split aims to help people remain within their recommended daily calories intake . While the campaign focuses on eating out, the messages can also be applied when preparing meals at home. Calorie-counting is important, but it's also crucial to ensure that food and drink consumed is nutrient-rich and that different food groups are accounted for.

As part of this campaign and going forward, some of the nation’s biggest food companies, including Starbucks and Subway, will provide information to help customers selected meals within these guidelines.

In addition to the campaign materials (available here), suggestions for recipes that fall within the 400-600-600 guidance can be helpful to share. There is a wealth of resources online, but the following may be useful:

Free training for businesses


WDP Square Mile Health is commissioned by the City of London Corporation to deliver services to support those with substance misuse issues (tobacco, alcohol and/ or drugs).

Along with the other services it offers, it can deliver free training to any organisations within the City of London. Topics include:
  • Healthier Living: Smarter choices with alcohol and tobacco
  • Kicking the Habit: How to be smoke-free
  • Champagne and Cocaine in the City: Breaking the trend
  • Sugar and spice: Novel psychoactive substances
  • Do your kids know more than you?
WDP Square Mile Health can also provide awareness stalls to share information and raise awareness, both as part of a health and wellbeing initiative, or as a standalone activity.
To find out more about this opportunity, access the brochure here, or visit WDP's profile on the Providers page of the Business Healthy website.

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