New study shows timing of exercise linked to improved learning

Leading occupational health providers Medigold were interested to read about a recent Dutch study on exercise which plays such a crucial role in maintaining workplace health. The BBC ( 17 June 2016*) reported that the findings indicated that intensive physical exercise, if taken four hours after learning,  is key to remembering information learnt. Exercise is known to release proteins that can boost the part of the brain related to memory, and this recent study also suggests the timing of it is crucial. The Study The study, published in Current Biology, tested 72 people…Read more

Poor lifestyle choices will impact on workplace health

Leading occupational health providers, Medigold, have highlighted some UK statistical health trends which could help focus employers’ efforts on improving health in the workplace.  A report published in May 2016 by The Cass Business School and the International Longevity Centre reveals the findings of their study based on figures from the Human Mortality Database , which measured the differences in age between the youngest 10% of adult deaths and the oldest 5%. The gap between the lifespans of rich and poor people in England and Wales is rising for the first time since…Read more

How to make moderate exercise work for you and improve workplace health

Some of us may have had the dedication or time to exercise through the winter months but now the warmer weather and longer days are here, it is well worth considering how you can introduce moderate exercise into your daily and workplace health routines. The misconception about exercise and burning calories is that you have to run a half marathon, swim the English Channel or cycle across the country to achieve your goal, this is simply not the case. In fact, moderate intensity exercise is best for burning fat! What is moderate exercise?…Read more

7 Reasons to walk each day and improve workplace health

Brisk walking – that’s striding out and walking faster – is good for your health!  Here are 7 good reasons why it’s worth walking more briskly and building this into your daily and workplace health routines: Brisk walking will tone your legs, arms, bum and tum It will improve your strength, balance and posture. Walking in the morning, say to work, will help counter lethargy.   Early morning starts can be a struggle but walking to work awakens the mind leaving you feeling highly energised, alert and ready for the day ahead. Walking can…Read more

New research finds moderate exercise can improve staff productivity

The misconception about exercise and burning calories is that you have to run a half marathon, swim the English Channel or cycle across the country to achieve your goal.  This is simply not the case.  Moderate exercise can have significant lifestyle benefits and is actually the best form of exercise for burning fat! Recent research from Bristol University looked at how people felt on days that they exercised moderately, compared to days when they didn’t exercise at all, and found that people who are active tend to be more productive and have a…Read more

Three key reasons for poor sleep and what you can do about it

If you often sleep poorly it’s highly likely that it is showing up in one of three ways and so leading occupational health providers, Medigold, have put together these handy tips to help in each case: 1.       You can’t get to sleep If getting off to sleep is a problem for you, Medigold suggests: Designing a pre-sleep routine to wind down so that you’re ready to sleep Setting some clear guidelines around when you finish work or watching television Particularly, stopping using your smartphone after 9pm, especially for work.  The blue light emitted…Read more

What is the optimum bed time for the best sleep?

Feeling tired all the time is now so common that it has its own acronym in medical circles – TATT. GP’s are now reporting that tiredness is one of the most common complaints they see in their surgeries. The Royal College of Psychiatrists report that at any given time, one in five people in the UK feels unusually tired, and one in ten people have prolonged fatigue.  A common cause of this is that we just don’t devote enough time to sleep. The optimum time to go to bed to achieve the best…Read more

What is a balanced diet and how it can help prevent cancer

Stories about various foods and diets linked to preventing cancer are often in the news, because there is a lot of research going into diet and cancer.  While no single food or supplement can prevent cancer from developing, research does show a link between eating certain food groups (rather than any specific foods) and a reduction in cancer risk.  This is why eating a healthy, balanced diet is thought to be one of the best way of lowering your risk of developing cancer. Leading occupational health provider, Medigold Health, has put together this…Read more

7 Lifestyle tips to prevent cancer

Leading occupational health providers, Medigold Health, has compiled 7 tips employees can follow to help prevent cancer.  These include; 1. Eating a balanced diet Stories about various foods and diets linked to preventing cancer are often in the news, because there is a lot of research going into diet and cancer. No single food or supplement can prevent cancer from developing, but research shows a link between eating certain food groups (rather than any specific foods) and a reduction in cancer risk. 2. Maintaining a healthy body weight Being overweight or obese can increase…Read more

New interactive kiosks enable companies to assess workplace health

If companies are to achieve their strategic objectives, a healthy workforce is vital, yet many have no (or very little) statistical information on the health of their employees.  However, thanks to occupational health providers, Medigold Health, companies can collate meaningful statistics through the installation of its affordable interactive health kiosks. What do the interactive Health Kiosks measure? Each wellbeing kiosk health screening takes between 5 to 12 minutes to complete depending on the number of applications installed and includes interactive, non-evasive testing for: Weight Body mass index Body fat content Blood pressure Heart rate…Read more