Is sugar more dangerous than salt?

A recent report published by online journal Open Heart suggests that added sugars in processed foods could play a greater role in high blood pressure and heart disease than salt. It is calling for this to be reflected in dietary guidelines in a bid to curb cardiovascular disease. The report concluded that: “Sugar may be much more meaningfully related to blood pressure than sodium, as suggested by a greater magnitude of effect with dietary manipulation.” The report also reported that global consumption of sweetened drinks has been linked to 180,000 deaths each year.…Read more

Why not take advantage of our Health Calendar?

We may be well into January, but it’s not too late to make positive changes and resolutions for 2015. Medigold Health has produced a new Health Calendar to help employees and their staff adopt heathy habits, maintain good health levels and avoid unnecessary sickness absence. Research shows that making small, sustainable changes can make a huge difference to the health of employees as well as increasing energy levels and productivity. Resources like the Health Calendar can be implemented as part of a broader sickness absence management strategy as businesses proactively look to prevent…Read more

The health benefits of owning a dog

As well as providing excellent companionship, owning a dog could have a positive impact on health. According to the National Dog Walking Index, British dog owners walk significantly more than their dog-free counterparts. The index revealed that the average British dog owner walks the equivalent distance of London to Aberdeen each year. On average, they walk their dogs 433 times a year, covering 548 miles. This equates to approximately 7,000 miles over the average lifespan of a dog; the equivalent of walking from London to Timbuktu (Mali) and back. The survey shows that:…Read more

Is there still a stigma attached to stress?

According to a recent survey from mental health charity Mind, there is a widespread feeling among employees that mental health issues, including stress, are still taboo in the workplace. The figures suggest that 90% of people who have taken time off work due to stress failed to cite stress as the reason for their absence. The data suggests many people fear they will be discriminated if they speak to an employer about stress. However, the charity claims staying silent about it makes matters worse. Mind is urging employers to create an open and…Read more

Why sitting isn’t good for you

According to new figures from Get Britain Standing, the average British adult spends 8.9 hours sitting each day. However, evidence from sleep experts suggests that sitting for more than four hours a day can have a detrimental effect on health, reducing your metabolic rate and shutting down fat-burning enzymes. Sitting for long stretches can also increase the risk of: • High blood pressure • Heart disease • Diabetes • Obesity • Cancer The British Journal of Sports Medicine has described prolonged bouts of sitting as a 'real killer' and has labelled the modern-day health epidemic ‘the sitting…Read more

Does happiness at work matter?

While many fail to see the link between happiness and employment, others claim that the two concepts are intrinsically linked. A recent survey carried out by Oxford-based iOpener suggests that the following five main motivators – known as the ‘five Cs’ – have been found to improve happiness at work: Contribution: The idea that each person plays a part in bringing about a result within the workplace Conviction: A belief in what the worker is doing or in the aims of the company Culture: The ideas, customs and social behaviour employees are encouraged to be part…Read more

Who are the most active workers in the UK?

A survey from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has revealed that mechanics are the most physically active workers. Its research shows that: Top of the active league are: mechanics who exercise 4.4 times per week, on average those in the leisure and tourism sector who exercise 4.12 times in an average week marketing and PR professionals exercising 4.07 times plumbers, electricians and construction workers exercising 4.06 times each week. And, despite the fact that 78% of bankers who took part in the poll admitting that they spend the majority of their working day…Read more

How lifestyle changes can improve the health of your staff and help reduce sickness and absence

In 2010, the Atlanta Centre for Disease Control published the results of an eight-year study of more than 23,000 adults aged between 35 and 65. It claimed that the “four golden rules” for a long life were as follows: Stay slim: by maintaining a BMI of under 30, which means you can be a little overweight but not excessively Don’t smoke. Take regular exercise: defined as at least 3.5 hours per week Eat a healthy diet: a diet that is rich in fruit, vegetables and wholegrain foods, as well as avoiding salt and…Read more

Liver disease cases rise by 40%

Chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, reported a 40% rise in liver disease during the past decade when she presented her annual report in March. Professor Davies claimed that a “huge increase” was yet to be recorded as the disease typically takes decades to appear and because people in the UK drink approximately twice as much as their counterparts did 50 years ago. Sickness absence management for alcohol problems Commenting on these findings, Richard Holmes, Head of Employee Wellbeing Services for medical risk management specialist, Medigold Health, said: “In part, this could be…Read more

The impact of the ‘Monday blues’ on UK business

Like ‘man flu’, the ‘Monday blues’ is often considered an exaggerated condition and one that should not be taken seriously. However, research from health charity Mind suggests that the Monday blues could actually be behind a significant amount of sickness absence. Health in the workplace has become increasingly worrying for employers, with sickness absence costs continuing to rise. Figures from Mind show that: 25% of Brits feel their weekends are ruined by the thought of having to return to work on Monday morning 25% said they have cried at work as a result…Read more