Not damn lies, just the statistics

Gaynor Bussell our Workplace Wellbeing Coach at Value Driven Software says:

Public Health England have the stats to prove that:

  • Still one in five of adults smoke
  • A third of adults drink more than the recommended levels of alcohol
  • A third of men and a half of women do not get enough exercise
  • Nearly two-thirds of adults and 28% of under-15s are overweight or obese
  • Only a quarter of adults eat the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables each day
  • Nearly a third of people have high blood pressure
  • The average person consumes 7.2g of salt – the recommended level is 6g

Prof John Ashton, president of the Faculty of Public Health has said that “Lifestyle-related illnesses cost the taxpayer millions of pounds we can ill afford. Unless we tackle these issues effectively, the NHS will not be able to survive the increasing pressures”

It has been proposed by government that a key way of tackling ill health and its costs is to get employers engaged and this will not only help cut health costs but will be a business boost too. Sickness absence costs the economy £22bn a year and is also very costly to the individual workplace. Companies are being encouraged to sign up to the Public Health England-endorsed ‘Workplace Wellbeing Charter’, which asks them to take steps such as encouraging physical activity in the workplace and offering healthy foods and snacks.

However, it’s not just about preventing sickness absence – again statistics have shown that healthy employees are three times more productive than unhealthy ones.

So what are you waiting for, get some workplace wellbeing support and sign up to the charter now.