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Here’s 4 Good Reasons to walk to work this Walking to Work Month
During the National Walking Month many of us might be considering taking steps to make a change. The month is an invitation to all to add a bit of walking to their everyday by making an effort to either walk to work or plan round making a part of their journey walking. And with so many of us living so near to where we work there really isn’t an excuse to not take a step into the sunshine. If you’re not yet convinced here are 4 further good reasons to walk:
- All adults should be striving to get a minimum of 30 minutes exercise per day –A quick walk is probably the easiest way for many of us to reach this goal.
- Walking regularly has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.
- If you pick up the pace a bit, enough to get your hearty going, walking can help to keep your heart strong by increasing your heart rate and reducing your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.
- Your quick stroll can also help to strengthen your bones, helping to prevent the onset of osteoporosis (a terrible condition which makes bones brittle and more likely to break).
EAP survey update
Thank you to everyone who completed our recent EAP survey. The survey has now closed and we had a great response with 311 individuals completing the survey. Generally the results were very positive and 77% of those who responded found the EAP service helpful. We will continue to include our regular monthly update on health and wellbeing in Heads Up and we will review all the comments from the survey which will help us improve and communicate the EAP service to staff in future. Health Assured, who provide the EAP service, are continually making improvements to the service and recently have introduced their new app. So you can now get health and wellbeing advice quickly, easily and discretely wherever you are. To download the app, head to the Apple app store or the Google Play store and search ‘Health E-Hub’.
A focus on Mental Health – Have strength but no shame
This May we marked both Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 and Dementia Awareness Week 2017. Both occasions were marked by visuals and events but the core message was similar; the greatest tool we have against mental illness is awareness, understanding and, sometimes, just having the conversation. There is also a great amount of resources to on how to help yourself or the people who are close to you when it comes to mental health and wellbeing via EAP. EAP provides 24-hour confidential support via their helpline on 0800 030 5182, via the online portal at healthassuredeap.co.uk or, now, via their new app the ‘Health e-Hub’ available through the Apple App store or the Google Play store.
We will be running articles like this every month to keep you informed and up-to-date about events and information that could be important to you Health and Wellbeing. Whilst we plan to use information from a variety of sources, a lot of the tools and info we use will come from Health Assured’s Employee Assistance Programme that provides a massive variety of helpful tools and information, and 24/7 counselling services.
For more information about how to buy-in to this service within your schools, head to Schoolsnet.