Purposeful exercise is overriding factor for promoting good health

New research finds that the health benefits of exercise don’t necessarily rest on the frequency or duration of exercise; which is why Public Health England has published its guidelines for recommended levels of activity.  These guidelines are fully endorsed by leading occupational health advisors like Medigold Health, who advise employers on how best to maintain good workplace health. Based on a survey of about 64,000 adults aged over 40 in England and Scotland, researchers from Loughborough University and the University of Sydney analysed data on the time people spent doing exercise and their…Read more

Medigold Health’s Tips for promoting mental wellbeing at work

Leading occupational health advisors, Medigold Health, have put together a 5 Watchwords and a 6 point plan to promote the mental wellbeing of staff. The 5 watchwords are: Connection - Connecting with people around you Activity - Find the activity you enjoy and make it part of your life Learning - Keep learning new skills to give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence Giving – Give to others – even the smallest act can count, even a smile Noticing - Take notice and be more aware of the present moment,…Read more

How Mindfulness can affect workplace health

What is Mindfulness? It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice, or being ‘mindful’. By being more aware of the present moment and their own thoughts and feelings; and to the world around them can improve people’s mental wellbeing, which in turn will impact on their health in the workplace.  This awareness is often referred to as mindfulness. Good mental wellbeing Good mental wellbeing means feeling good about life and yourself and being able to get on with life in the way you want.   Historically wellbeing has been commonly…Read more

10 tips to help ward off health risks of sitting

Recent health studies are all agreed that today’s sedentary work and lifestyles carry significant health risks, leading to sickness and absence;  which means employers are well advised to consider how they can create and promote a working environment in order to maintain health in the workplace. Leading providers of occupational health advice, Medigold Health, have come up with the following list of handy tops to pass on and encourage. IMPROVE YOUR SITTING TECHNIQUE AT YOUR DESK Sit on the edge of your chair Moving your bottom to the front edge of the chair…Read more

Sitting is a major health issue

Sitting is killing us, according to Dr Kelly Starrett, an American mobility expert and the author of a new book called ‘Deskbound’ which was reviewed by The Times in May 2016. With so many jobs these today being computer and desk based, the risks identified by Dr Starrett represent a real threat to workplace health and one which business owners should be addressing to maintain productivity. Here’s why.. “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and more treacherous than parachuting,  we are sitting ourselves to death.  It affects our…Read more

How to advise staff on getting help for low mood or depression

Whatever the cause of low moods or depression, if negative feelings don’t go away, are too much for you to cope with, or are stopping you from carrying on with your normal life, then sufferers may need to make some changes and get some extra support. Occupational health experts, Medigold, have put together this guide for employers on how to signpost any sufferers among their staff to key sources of help. When to see your GP? If you’re still feeling down after a couple of weeks, talk to your GP or call NHS…Read more

How to recognise if staff members are depressed

Statistically, one in four people will have problems with their mental health at some time in their lives. Difficult events and experiences can leave people in low spirits, or cause depression. It could be in their personal lives - relationship problems, bereavement, sleep problems, loneliness or chronic illness or pain.  Or, if can often be the result of stress, or bullying at work.  Either way, depressed staff can impact on workplace health and increase the cost of sickness absence. Occupational health experts, Medigold, have put together this guide for employers on how to…Read more

3 steps to controlling your worries

Worry and stress go hand in hand and if staff appear worried all the time, it can impact on health in the workplace and on the productivity of your business.  As an employer, it’s worth gaining an improved understanding of the issue of stress and leading occupational health providers, Medigold, have come up with this crib sheet which will help staff to overcome their worries. A three-pronged approach Whether you are ‘worried all the time’ or just worried about a specific issue, you can control this emotion in a very positive way and enhance…Read more

Why employers should worry about worry

Worry and stress go hand in hand and if staff appear worried all the time, it can impact on workplace health and on the productivity of the business. As an employer, it’s worth gaining an improved understanding of the issue and leading occupational health providers, Medigold, have come up with this handy guide: What is worry? Feeling worried is a very common state that we all experience from time to time. Worry can be regarded as a form of negative imagination, which borders on negative expectation. This can be a concern because of…Read more

Who is most at risk of diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented because the body’s immune system destroys the insulin producing cells. It usually appears before the age of 40 and particularly in childhood, but by far the most common form of diabetes is Type 2. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin. It is caused by a combination of our genes and our lifestyle. Historically there are certain groups more at risk of Type 2 Diabetes, but with obesity becoming more of a problem in recent…Read more