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City workers step up their game


The Business Healthy Challenge is entering its third week and participants have earned huge numbers of points since 1 May, by engaging in a wide range of physical activity, including yoga, boxing, spin classes, weight sessions, dance and rock climbing. The most popular activities are unsurprisingly walking, cycling and running. Some of the more unusual activities earning participants points include walking the dog, climbing Monument, running for the bus, spring cleaning, DIY and gardening and taking part in the led walks on offer to City workers across the month of May (Living Streets' National Walking Month).

Hundreds of City workers are taking part in the Challenge, representing many different organisations, including: Nomura, AAT, Bow Lane Dental, Capital, City of London Corporation, City of London Police, Efficacy, Hachette UK, Legal & General, Living Streets, M&G Investments, Public Health England, Reliance Bank, PureGym, Research Now, RGL, Teneo Consulting and The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

To date, more than 10,000 miles have been covered by Challenge participants just through walking alone.

Even if you're not taking part in the Challenge, you and your workforce can still get more active and involved in National Walking Month. There are lots of free activities taking place throughout May during lunchtimes and after office hours. 

Dragon Cafe in the City - this Thursday

Dragon Cafe in the City is back this Thursday, between 12pm and 8:30pm at Shoe Lane Library (1 Little New Street, EC4A 3JR). Open and completely free to anyone working or living in the Square Mile, it operates on a drop-in basis throughout the afternoon and evening, offering a sanctuary in the heart of the City, where individuals can develop tools to boost their resilience and productivity and support their own mental wellbeing.

As always, there is a wide range of activities taking place on 17 May, including an outdoor street gym session, managing stress techniques, chess strategy, mini massage and fermenting vegetables.

Visitors are able to bring along cold food, so Dragon Cafe in the City is the perfect place to spend a lunch break. Visit the link to access a PDF poster of the programme, which can be printed and shared within workplaces.
This week is...
  • Mental Health Awareness Week
There is a wealth of activities taking place across the City, aiming to raise awareness of and end stigma surrounding mental health, particularly in a workplace setting.

"Release the Pressure" is an ongoing Square Mile-wide campaign urging City workers and residents to recognise signs that they may be struggling with their mental health and to seek support. A list of free resources is available here: Downloadable posters can be found here.

Samaritans and The Lord Mayor's Appeal have developed a free online training tool for City workers, called "Wellbeing in the City". Launched last month, it comprises of digital resources focusing on addressing poor mental health within a workplace context and providing tips to improve mental wellbeing. These resources are delivered in a bite-sized format, designed to fit in with a busy lifestyle. Access Wellbeing in the City here.
  • Sun Awareness Week
"'Don't Bake' Bake"! To mark this year's Sun Awareness Week, The British Association of Dermatologists is inviting the public to don an apron and get baking for the UK's first-ever "'Don't Bake' Bake" - where people bake tasty (and healthy!) treats and raise funds for the fight against skin cancer, instead of baking themselves in the sun. More information here.
  • National Epilepsy Week
Every day in the UK 87 people are diagnosed with epilepsy. It is a relatively common condition and can have effects on mental and physical health. Where employers are aware of a member of staff being diagnosed with epilepsy, they are required to take necessary action and implement reasonable adjustments where necessary. Read more here.

Coming up...
  • World No Tobacco Day (31 May)
WDP Square Mile Health delivers tobacco, alcohol and drug services free-of-charge to City employers on behalf of the City of London Corporation.

The team is able to host an informative and interactive stall at any health and wellbeing events, providing Carbon Monoxide testing, information and advice. They also offer a targeted stop smoking workshop, which can be delivered as a lunch and learn-style session to help staff quit smoking. Email the team here for more information.

WDP Square Mile Health's team also runs drop-in clinics across the City for those who want to give up smoking. Anyone who signs up to a clinic will receive six weeks of specialist one-to-one support and advice, as well as nicotine replacement therapies and e-cigarettes, if they wish. All clinics are run on a drop-in basis - contact for more information. This service is free to anyone who works, lives or studies in the City:
  • Mondays: 
- 4:30pm - 6pm, Artizan Street Library (London EC2P 2EJ) (except the last Monday of the month)
  • Wednesdays:
- 9am - 1pm, St Bartholomew's Hospital (KGV Wing, Clinic 1A)
- 11:30am - 2pm, Guildhall, North Wing, Basinghall Street (London EC2P 2EJ)

On-site clinics can also be delivered at business premises if there is sufficient demand.

Try a more scenic route


The City of London Corporation’s Active City Network has collaborated with the UK’s national walking charity Living Streets to develop a map of the City of London’s hidden walkways, including the network of high-level walks, which raise you high above the busy streets and traffic. The map is available to download and can help you discover interesting destinations for your lunchtime walk, or a new, more peaceful and scenic route to work from the Tube station.

The Active City Network is teaming up with Living Streets and Ramblers to run free led walks every Tuesday and Friday throughout May’s National Walking Month, as part of the Business Healthy Challenge 2018. More information is available here.


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