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Articles of Interest

June 2016 - Concerns Over Long-Term Physical Health of Under-Pressure Workers

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- Many UK workers under so much pressure they often can’t escape their workplace for lunch, according to a new survey.
- Combined with generally low rates of physical activity, experts are concerned that such sedentary behaviour could be contributing to rising levels of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
- The National Charity Partnership is calling on office workers to reclaim their lunch break and use its innovative online tool to help them get active and improve their health. Every 10 minutes counts.

Pressure at work is stopping almost three in five employees from regularly leaving the office for a lunchtime stroll and could be having a detrimental long-term effect on the health of millions of workers across the UK.

A survey commissioned by the National Charity Partnership, a collaboration between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco, found that office workers say heavy workloads (32 per cent), workplace culture (14 per cent) and stress (13 per cent) are to blame for not getting away from their desks for a walk at lunchtime.

Despite more than nine in ten employees reporting that being outside makes them feel healthier or more positive, more than half of workers who were questioned (52 per cent) never leave their office for lunch. Almost one in four (24 per cent) say they regularly work through their break

The partnership is calling on workers to reclaim their lunch break and get walking to help protect their wellbeing. It is encouraging people to use its online motivational tool to help people set simple, realistic goals to move more.

Babs Evans, Head of Prevention for the National Charity Partnership, said: “When you’re under pressure at work it’s easy to forego a lunch break and instead grab a quick bite at your desk, but this isn’t healthy.

“Work-related stress puts a strain on your mental wellbeing and can have a knock-on effect on your physical health. People under too much pressure at work are more likely to eat unhealthily and stop being active: behaviours which are linked to a number of health conditions, including Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease. Both conditions are serious and affect millions of people in the UK, with millions more at risk. However, they are largely preventable and being active is an effective way to help reduce your risk.

“Even just a ten minute break away from your desk to go for a walk and clear your head can help to make a big difference with stress relief, which in turn is good for your health.”

More people than ever before are being diagnosed with either Type 2 diabetes or heart disease. Around 3.6 million people in the UK currently live with Type 2 diabetes and an estimated 7 million have heart and circulatory disease. Both conditions are potentially life-threatening if left untreated and Type 2 diabetes can double the risk of developing heart and circulatory disease.

Being physically active is known to help reduce the likelihood of developing Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease. However, only five per cent of workers who were surveyed do something active during their lunch break, such as going to the gym or for a walk. More than one in five (23 per cent) said they simply cannot be bothered.

This comes after figures released by the BHF at the start of 2016 which found that one in five Brits openly admit to not exercising. Meanwhile, 83 per cent do not know what the recommended weekly level of physical activity is.

The National Charity Partnership is running a campaign, Let’s Do This, to support adults to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease by taking small steps towards healthier lifestyles. Its online Goal Setter allows people to set and monitor their health-related targets and encourages them to stay motivated and achieve their goals.

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June 2016 - Active Workplace Manifesto

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British Heart Foundation research informs active workplace manifesto

Employers should encourage staff to get active during their lunch break according to one of the asks in a manifesto released by the County Sports Partnership Network.

The manifesto has been informed by BHFNC's evaluation of the Workplace Challenge which showed compelling evidence of the benefits of an active workforce.

Our research found that those who adopted a more active lifestyle reduced their number of sick days by 0.6 days per year in addition to a reduction in ‘presenteeism’ (being at work when sick) by between 1.4-1.7 days. As a result, employees brought less infection to work resulting in an increase in productivity for themselves and across the whole business. The evaluation also showed that physical activity improved mental wellbeing and relationships between co-workers.

For two years (October 2013 to October 2015) the BHFNC evaluated the workplace challenge – an online portal which encourages employees to take part in a national activity log through of their activity levels. Over the two year period over one million activities were logged on the website from nearly 38,000 employees across 7,000 workplaces.

Click here to read the summary evaluation report

The evidence from this evaluation clearly makes a case for an active workforce that supports and shapes the new manifesto. Its key ask is that employers enable their employees to work flexibly, eg, arrive earlier or leave later so that they can take a longer lunch break. A lack of time to exercise was commonly cited as a barrier and therefore enabling employees to get active during the working day is a key measure proposed.

Other asks in the manifesto include

  • recruiting and supporting workplace physical activity champions
  • encouraging employees to ‘move and work’ such as walking meetings and standing telephone calls
  • ensuring management and board reporting includes employee wellbeing and activity measures.

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