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Addicted to the win?

Walk down most high streets, turn on the TV, or visit a social media site and you will most likely see an advert for a betting company. Many online children's games offer the opportunity to gamble real money in-game.

Gambling is rising up the public health agenda – approximately 2.5 million adults in the UK partake in risky or problem levels of gambling, which can result in significant harm for the individual, their family, social networks, community and society. The proliferation of gambling shops and online betting sites and apps in recent years is particularly harmful for those who are already at-risk.

Some people working in the City, due to the risk-taking nature of their jobs, are inherently more likely to develop a gambling problem. There have been some high-profile cases of City workers gambling assets belonging to their employers. In addition, risky levels of gambling can create personal finance issues, which can also result in poor mental wellbeing.

With this in mind, Business Healthy is teaming up with national charity GamCare and City law firm Squire Patton Bogg to host a free workshop -  "Addicted to the win? Gambling, mental health and the workplace".

This workshop will address the legal and health/ duty of care challenges surrounding gambling within the workforce and is aimed at HR leads in the City of London. 

Breakfast and networking opportunities are available. Places are extremely limited and are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and to book a place, please visit the Eventbrite page here.

Date: Thursday 13 June
Time: 8am - 11am
Location: ISG Plc, Aldgate House, 33 Aldgate High Street, London EC3N 1AG

Quote of the week:

"It has been suggested that the fragmented work pattern associated with digital technology is resulting in...the state of mind that has evolved as a consequence of the endless stream of digital demands on our attention. We end up on constant alert, checking what's coming in but never devoting our full attention to anything. There is a cost to this. Over the long term, this state of being on permanent alert stimulates the creation of adrenaline and cortisone, part of the stress response, which is costly for our bodies to maintain." - Bank Workers Charity Whitepaper "At the crossroads: The need for a digital rebalance"

Release the pressure


The Business Healthy Challenge may be over for this year, but that's no excuse to skip your lunchtime or afternoon walk! Pop over to Dragon Cafe in the City on Wednesday (5 June) - free and open to all City workers, between 12 and 7:30pm.

The free activities on offer provide a great opportunity to try something new, perhaps even learn a new skill and boost productivity. This week's programme includes 15-minute massage, chess strategy, meditation, yoga, a virtual reality experience, a workshop on storytelling and more. In addition, a free and healthy lunch, snacks and refreshments are available to visitors.

Download the programme poster here and share with your colleagues and contacts. The website has also been revamped -

Dragon Cafe in the City is funded by the City of London Corporation and delivered by Barbican & Community Libraries and Public Health, in partnership with charity Mental Fight Club.
Coming up...
  • Healthy Eating Week (10 - 14 June)
Did you know that the average worker consumes one-third of their daily calories at work? For those working longer-than-average hours, this is likely to be higher. The workplace can have a strong influence - positive or negative - on workers' diets and diet and nutrition is a key driver of health and happiness.

Go to the Business Healthy blog, to read our latest post on healthy eating in the workplace, which also highlights some interesting work being done by industry on "nudging" techniques, in collaboration with academics, as well as some easy steps employers can take to support their staff.

On Thursday 26 June, New Spitalfields Market Tenants' Association will be popping up at the Guildhall Yard Lunchtime Market (EC2V 5AE), between 12 and 2:30pm to hand out free fruit and talk to passers-by about the fascinating New Spitalfields Market, which supplies many of the capital's restaurants, cafes and bars.

The recently-published World Health Organisation guidelines around reducing the risk of cognitive decline and dementia strongly recommend a healthy and balanced diet for all adults (more details on pages 19 and 20).

Men's Health Week is also running during the same week and to mark the occasion, Men's Health Forum has published a range of free resources and activities designed to help stakeholders, such as employers, to engage men on discussions around health and wellbeing. These resources include a "Men's Health by Numbers" quiz and "Men's Health by Numbers" poster pack

Yoga in the Yard

Get zen and join in a pre- or post-work yoga class in Guildhall Yard (EC2V 5AE) this summer, delivered by Another Space instructors. Classes are free* but must be booked in advance (available to book 2-3 weeks in advance of each of the below dates):

  • 26 June, 5.30pm - 6.15pm
  • 30 July, 8.15am - 9am
  • 29 August, 5.30pm - 6.15pm
  • 19 September, 8.15am - 9am

*You will be required to purchase one credit to book onto the class but this will be returned to your account on your next visit to Another Space.


The Association of Mental Health Providers (AMHP) is hosting several free webinars throughout June, focusing on mental health and prevention. These include:
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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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