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Member in the spotlight

Last week, Business Healthy member 200 Aldersgate ran a health and wellbeing week in their business lounge for client organisations in their building and their staff.  

The week focused on physical, emotional and mental wellbeing, with organisations including WDP Square Mile Health, Victim Support, Samaritans and City Advice on-site to provide support and advice. Staff were also encouraged to blend their own smoothies, using leg power, on smoothie bikes. The week was well received and a great way to engage staff and encourage them to look after their own health and wellbeing.

There are a range of free services available to businesses in the City - a list of which can be found here.

Health by stealth

Top tips to improve your employees' health without them noticing.
  • Internal catering facilities or vending machines for staff can provide an excellent opportunity to nudge employees towards healthier eating and to make more conscious and informed choices about their food.
  • A recent study found that giving vegetables "seductive" names, such as "twisted garlic-ginger butternut squash wedges" made them more appealing, as compared with names that highlighted their health-promoting benefits. This can encourage staff to eat more vegetables, reaching their five-a-day target, which many UK adults do not.  
  • Jamie Oliver and Sustain have launched a new Sugar Smart campaign to help employers and other organisations raise awareness among their workforce of the dangers of consuming too much sugar. Find out more here.

Last chance

"Stop work-related stress in its tracks: The Management Standards Approach" Webinar

Wednesday 1st November, 11:30am to 12:30pm

Hosted by Business Healthy, City Mental Health Alliance, HSE and PwC, this free webinar is aimed at those responsible for health and wellbeing in their workplace. It will provide useful advice on how businesses can:
  • Apply the HSE Management Standards approach to prevent workplace stressors arising in the first place;
  • Protect their staff; and
  • Minimise the risk of the consequences of work-related stress harming other areas of the organisation.
The webinar will also introduce the HSE's new Health and Work programme, including the "Go Home Healthy" campaign.

For more information and to register your interest, follow the link.
November is...
  • Movember (1 - 30 November)
Doing Movember means raising funds for men's health, which can help stop men dying too young - whether that's by tackling cancers such as prostate or testicular, or addressing mental health and suicide. Growing a moustache is the most well-known way of fundraising during Movember, but there are plenty of other ways to raise funds that all staff can get behind. More information here.
  • National Stress Awareness Day (1 November)
Mark National Stress Awareness Day by dialling in to our webinar on the HSE's Management Standards approach to work-related stress (see above).

The earlybird catches the worm

The Business Healthy Challenge is returning for 2018, during National Walking Month (May) and the premise is simple. Teams from organisations across the Square Mile compete to gain points from physical activity. Every team reaching over 2,000 points during the three-week challenge has a chance to win big. We provide all the materials to promote the challenge to staff and to motivate them along the way. It's easy! Register early interest here.

Tired of being Tired

Westminster City Council's Workplace team are running a free lunch event on the 6th December, 1-3:30pm. Led by Marcus De Guingand, Managing Director of Third Pillar of Health, the session will provide advice on how employers can actively promote the importance of sleep and where they can find credible resources and solutions.

For more information and to reserve a place, follow the link here.

Join the conversation


Do you use LinkedIn? Make sure you follow Business Healthy to stay up-to-date on news and developments in the world of employee health and wellbeing in the Square Mile. Find us here.

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