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Health at Work Scheme

Health at Work is a voluntary, self-assessment scheme that is open to any organisation.  It aims to improve well-being and reduce working days lost benefiting both individuals and the organisation. 

The scheme is separated into three areas:

  • Healthy eating
  • Getting active
  • Mental well-being

Introducing actions under each of these areas will contribute to improving well-being for all in your organisation.  The scheme has three levels of achievement – bronze, silver and gold.  Details of how you can achieve these can be found by following the links on this page.

What are the benefits to my organisation?

There is a growing body of evidence to show the financial benefits enjoyed by organisations that implement well-being programmes, including reduced sickness absence, improved productivity and reduced staff turnover.

Employers who promote health in the workplace report benefits including:

  • Improved health of their employees
  • A positive impact on stress and mental well-being
  • Increased productivity
  • Improved resilience
  • Lower rates of absenteeism and quicker return to work after illness
  • Fewer injuries in the workplace, including a positive impact on back pain
  • Greater staff retention and commitment
  • Improvements in communication, morale and working atmosphere
  • A positive corporate image

Resources

The principal resource for Health at Work is the British Heart Foundations (BHF) Health at Work toolkit. The toolkit is available for free from www.bhf.org.uk/healthatwork/

Additional resources

www.nhs.uk/change4life/

www.nhs.uk/livewell/healthy-eating

www.food.gov.uk

https://www.bhf.org.uk/health-at-work/inspire-workplace-health/eating-well

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/eatwell-plate.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/5ADAY/Pages/5ADAYhome.aspx

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