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Sign up before 1st May - you could win a Fitbit

The Business Healthy Challenge 2018 is just around the corner. If you and your colleagues haven't yet signed up to take part in this exciting, month-long FREE physical activity challenge, you still have time to get involved.

Sponsored by Nomura and Cheapside Business Alliance and supported by Public Health England London and Living Streets, Challenge participants can win some great prizes for being physically active during the month of May (Living Streets' National Walking Month), including one of two Fitbits, a Nutribullet, healthy hamper, a package of HIT, yoga and spin sessions at a boutique gym, healthy lunches and many more.

Participants will be competing against colleagues and City workers from organisations across the Square Mile. It's so easy to take part, all you need to do is register on the Himotiv platform, register to the Business Healthy Challenge 2018 and form your team. Instructions on how to log your physical activity and earn points are provided. You will not be able to participate in the Challenge unless you register a team, so don't miss out!

There will be lots of free activities available to Challenge participants through May, including lunchtime led walks, outdoor bootcamp sessions and e-bike tours, all aimed at helping participants to boost their points. 

The first 1,000 participants to register within a team for the Business Healthy Challenge 2018 are in with a chance to win a Fitbit.

All participants and teams must be registered by the launch date of 1 May.

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Quote of the week: "With SMEs responsible for the employment of more than 16 million people in the UK and contributing around 50% of private sector turnover, staff wellbeing is not only crucial for each business’s individual success but also for that of the economy they support." - Tabby Farrar - Outreach Specialist at Further states why every SME needs a staff welbeing strategy

Support for victims of crime

Victim Support is an independent charity commissioned by the City of London Corporation to provide free and confidential support to anyone working, living, or studying in the Square Mile.

The City's Vulnerable Victims' Advocate, Ayesha, is able to help those who have experienced a crime or who are fearful of someone and may need some advice or someone to talk to. This includes those who are enduring domestic violence.

Drop in every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at Shoe Lane Library (1 Little New Street, EC4A 3JR), between 11am and 1pm. No appointment is required.

Alternatively, it is possible to contact Ayesha directly, either by phone (079 4463 4946), by email (, or by calling the free support line (08 08 16 89 111)

Download a poster with the above information here.

Mental Health Awareness Week is on its way

The City is getting ready for a busy Mental Health Awareness Week next month. There's plenty to get involved with and opportunities to learn, network and share best practice - take a look at the events below.
  • "This is Me 2018 Mental Health Awareness Week Celebration" - 14 May 2018, 8:00am - 10:00am (Hosted by the Lord Mayor's Appeal)
Since its inception in 2016, "This is Me" has reached over 700,000 employees nationwide.

The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Charles Bowman, will be leading this celebration event, where you can find out about how to foster a mentally healthy workplace and support staff.

The Mansion House, London EC4N 8BH. RSVP here.
  • "Managing Employees' Mental Health: The hidden costs, pitfalls and how to avoid them" - 17 May 2018, 5:30pm - onwards (Hosted by Squire Patton Boggs)
According to the Mental Health at Work Report 2016, three in four employees have experienced symptoms of poor mental health and 49% of line managers would appreciate basic training in common mental health conditions.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, City law firm and Business Healthy member Squire Patton Boggs will be dedicating an evening to wellbeing in the workplace, hosting a session that will look at the practicalities involved in delivering an effective mental health and wellbeing agenda. Speakers will include:
- Mark Hashimi MBACP, head of Workplace Wellbeing & Clinical Services at Mind
- David Regan, Senior Associate, Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs, 7 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YH. RSVP here.
  • "Mental Health and Wellbeing Seminar" - 18 May 2018, 9:00am - 2:30pm (Hosted by the City of London Corporation and Mental Health First Aid England)
The City of London Corporation's internal "CityWell" team is collaborating with Mental Health First Aid England to host a day-long conference on mental health in the workplace. Speakers include representatives from the House of Lords, MHFA England, Goldman Sachs and Mace.
Livery Hall (City of London Corporation), Guildhall, Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HH. RSVP here.
Next month is...
  • Action on Stroke month (May)
Stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention. This is why is is vital that individuals are aware of the symptoms of a stroke and what to do if they recognise one or several of the signs.

Act F.A.S.T. and save your own, or someone else's life, or help limit the long-term effects of a stroke:

Face: has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
Arms: can they raise both arms and keep them there?
Speech: is their speech slurred?
Time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs of a stroke.

There are also other symptoms that may occasionally be a symptom of stroke, which include:
- sudden loss of vision/ blurred vision in one or both eyes
- sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body (including the leg)
- sudden memory loss or confusion
- sudden dizziness, unsteadiness, or a sudden fall, especially with any of the other symptoms

The faster you act, the better the chance of recovery.

Coming up...
  • Mental Health Awareness Week, 14 - 20 May
One of the best-known health and wellbeing milestones in the year, this is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness about mental health and reducing stigma surrounding mental health conditions, particularly in the workplace. There are a number of events and activities taking place in the Square Mile during the week (more information above).

Mental Health Awareness Week also offers an opportunity to promote general wellbeing, focusing on the links between mental health, good nutrition, financial wellbeing and leading a physically active lifestyle.

Looking for resources and support to signpost staff who are struggling with their mental health to, or do you need a helping hand yourself? Visit the Mental Health page of the City of London Corporation for a list of free support.

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