Archive for 2011

British Heart Foundation Update

Jan 05, 2011

The team at BHF have been in touch again recently to let me know that over 800 organisations have signed up to their Health at Work Programme . They are making a big push for it in January to help employees get healthy in the New Year following the festivities.

Have a look at their website to see what they are up to and what use you can make of the free resources on offer. Here’s the press release in full:

Kick the January blues and get healthy at work in 2011

 

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is urging workers everywhere to kick the January blues and get healthy at work in the New Year by joining the BHF’s Health at Work programme.

 A recent survey revealed that 30 per cent of workers admit to eating more unhealthy snacks and treats during the working day and over a third (34%) say they tend to be less active at work than at home. The BHF Health at Work programme helps organisations everywhere, large and small, to set up their own health club at work, from arranging regular lunchtime walks to organising a company football team.

 Lisa Purcell, Project Manager for the BHF’s Health at Work Programme said:

 “It can be difficult to find the motivation to get fit and healthy during January when we are faced with cold weather and dark nights. Our survey revealed UK workers tend to exercise less or eat more unhealthily during the working day. This doesn’t have to be the case. Just going for a walk on your lunch break or clubbing together for a regular fruit bowl can make a real difference to your wellbeing. “

The programme, sponsored by Legal & General, has already signed up more than 800 organisations. Employees from bin men to bank tellers are joining the scheme and getting fit together. Lisa adds:

“For employers, the rewards are clear. Encouraging workers to eat healthy and exercise during the working day can improve productivity, reduce staff turnover, and result in fewer sick days. Why not challenge your employees to become a fitter, healthier workforce in 2011?”

Sign up for free and get all the advice and resources you need to start your own health club at work at bhf.org.uk/healthatwork.

ENDS