Why managing stress could be even more important than ever

New research indicates that stress could be as significant a health risk factor for the heart as smoking and high blood pressure.  It’s a finding which will make today’s employers sit up and listen because it again highlights just how important managing stress is today for maintaining health in the workplace. A new US study published in the Lancet and reported by the BBC on 12 January 2017 found that constant stress on a deep-lying region of the brain explains the increased risk of heart attack. It is hoped that by exploring the…Read more

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

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

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

Why Diabetes should feature prominently in Occupational Health Advice

Why Diabetes should feature prominently in occupational health advice As employers, encouraging health screening for diabetes is well worthwhile as diabetes is a common life-long health condition and, as such, can have a big impact on health in the workplace. What’s more, up to 58% of cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented by making simple changes to our lifestyle! What is Diabetes? Insulin is a hormone that allows glucose (which comes form the foods you eat) to enter the body’s cells to be used as fuel for energy. Diabetes develops…Read more

5 Myths about Flu

Flu is one of the most common causes of sickness and absence from work, so Medigold Health, one of the UK’s leading providers of occupational health advice, has compiled this handy list of commonly held myths about flu, to help educate your staff: 1. ‘Healthy people don’t get flu.’ Anyone can catch flu. The NHS estimate that 15-20 per cent of the population gets flu every year – healthy people included. If you can catch flu, you can pass it on to those who are at more risk of serious illness. 2. ‘The…Read more

Battling against Flu – Dos and Don’ts

Anyone can catch flu. The NHS estimate that 15-20 per cent of the population gets flu every year – healthy people included. If you can catch flu, you can pass it on to those who are at more risk of serious illness. Every year, flu has a huge negative  impact on workplace health so leading occupational health providers Medigold Health have put together this handy checklist of dos and don’ts to help advise staff on flu protection: DON’TS Don’t confuse flu with having an everyday heavy cold! Symptoms come on quickly and include…Read more