How eating and drinking well can help staff cope better with pressure

Many of us feel that life is more pressurised now than it was five years ago, both at work and in our personal lives. The truth is, we perform best when we are under quite high levels of pressure. However, if we stretch ourselves too far we feel as though we are unable to cope and this leads to stress. Watching what we consume can have a significant impact on how we cope with pressure. Here are two keys to bringing stress levels down and ensuring that you perform well when the pressure…Read more

How to manage your activity to cope with work pressure

While a certain amount of pressure can have a positive impact on performance, it can lead to stress if it isn’t managed effectively. Stress occurs when we become unable to cope with pressure, and it can have an impact on our physical and mental health. It can also deplete our energy levels, making it difficult to perform well at work and enjoy social activities. Here are three ways to improve energy levels and keep stress at bay: Exercise. Working on two levels – physical and psychological – exercise is a great stress buster.…Read more

Managing stress continues to be key for sickness absence management

Did you know that, under UK law, employers have a legal duty of care to ensure their employees are not harmed by work related stress? Stress is number one reason for long-term sick leave Stress is the number one reason for long-term sick leave in the UK, according to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). According to the HSE, most organisations are reporting a rise in staff stress levels: In 2013/14, 11.3 million working days were lost due to stress, depression and anxiety (HSE) This represents an average of 23 days per case…Read more

Lack of exercise poses threat to workplace health

According to figures from the British Heart Foundation, the UK is the ninth-laziest country in Europe, with experts warning that Brits are storing up huge health problems for themselves. Its research found that almost half of those in the UK do not exercise at all; three times the rate in the Netherlands. In Britain, one in seven people spend more than eight hours a day sitting down; twice the rate in Italy. A statement from the British Heart Foundation concluded that these figures present ‘a worrying indication of the overall picture of our…Read more

5 Top Tips for a better work-life balance

Statistics show that more and more workers in the UK are experiencing the negative effects of a skewed work-life balance. With work intruding on evenings, weekends and holidays for many, it can be difficult to get enough rest and relaxation. If you are finding that your work-life balance is out of kilter, the following tips could really help: Firstly, figure out what really matters. If your life could only focus on one thing, what would it be? If you could add a second, what would that be? And a third? If you answer…Read more

Medigold Health offers fitness centre wellbeing programmes

With so many people across the UK failing to take regular exercise and spending too much time sitting down, Medigold Health has introduced a range of wellbeing services to help employees become more active. The connection between inactivity and ill health is well known, and failure to stay active can have serious consequences. If your workforce has become a little lethargic or you are struggling with sickness absence management following a run of ill health, you may find one or several of these services extremely valuable. Medigold Health’s services include: Four-week ‘Get Active’…Read more

How to develop your own get active campaigns

With studies revealing that adults of working age in England average 9.5 hours of sedentary behaviour each day, many business owners are looking to increase activity levels within the workplace. Sitting for too long can reduce energy levels and, in the long-term, lead to serious disease such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. This can lead to lengthy sickness and absence, which can prove costly for business owners. When it comes to developing a get active campaign, the first rule is to sit less and move more. The following steps will help your…Read more

More than 40% of cancers are due to lifestyle

A new report written by Cancer Research UK and published in the British Journal of Cancer revealed that 40% of cancers are caused by avoidable life choices such as smoking, drinking and eating unhealthy foods. Tobacco was the biggest culprit, causing 23% of cases in men and 15.6% in women. Next came a lack of fresh fruit and vegetables for men (6.1%), while being overweight was the second-largest factor for women (6.9%). Other major risk factors for men include occupational hazards, alcohol consumption, being overweight and exposure to the sun or sunbeds. Major…Read more

Seven million people have undiagnosed high blood pressure

Around 30% of people in England have high blood pressure, according to NHS figures, but it is estimated that approximately seven million people are walking around undiagnosed. If left untreated, high blood pressure increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke and can also damage the kidneys. There are no outward symptoms of high blood pressure, which is why it is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’. The only way to find out is to have it checked, and the NHS recommends that adults should have their blood pressure checked every…Read more

How to rescue your New Year diet resolutions

Many of us planned to eat more healthily in the New Year after overindulging at Christmas. January brings out all of our best intentions and each year we think we will transform into new versions of ourselves, ready to start afresh without all the bad habits of the previous year. But often our aspirations are unrealistic and we fail almost before we have started. The best way to rescue your resolutions is to keep things simple. How can you implement the following health changes to become a little healthier in 2015? Lose a…Read more