We spend a third of our working hours at our workplaces, making it a great setting to promote and sustain health and wellbeing. Many of us have been working from home during Covid so now, more than ever, it’s important that we eat healthily and keep moving more! For employers, you can support staff to maintain their health and wellbeing in a number of ways – having policies and practices in place which actively support the healthy choice and provide advice and information to your staff to keep them well.
We will champion the food and physical activity offer in workplaces by:
- Asking all PSB organisations’ staff restaurants/canteens sign up to healthy food standards
- Supporting PSB organisations to develop walking and cycling routes available to/from sites and active travel plans
- Encouraging PSB organisations to participate in healthy workplace principles
What can you do to encourage all PSB organisations’ staff restaurants/canteens to sign up to healthy food standards?
If you have a catering facility in your workplace, why not adopt some healthy eating standards for your workplace?
If not, you can always share hints and tips for healthy eating with your staff. Think about when you’re ordering food for buffets and the like as well – lots of opportunities to include healthy options!
For example, Cardiff and Vale UHB are the first Health Board in Wales to implement healthy eating standards for all non-patient food. The Standards require that a minimum 75% of the food and drink on offer is healthier and can support you in developing your approach to promoting healthy eating at work.
A toolkit for workplaces to support their employees to stay hydrated is currently in development. Please check back for future updates.
What can you do to support all PSB organisations to develop walking and cycling routes available to/from sites and active travel plans?
Try a team challenge to get in more steps, more miles on the bike or ask people to send in pictures of their active commute.
Check back on here soon to pick up more hints and tips and ideas for activities !
For journey planning: http://www.traveline.cymru/
Cardiff walking and cycling map https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Parking-roads-and-travel/Walking-and-cycling/Pages/Walking-and-cycling.aspx
What can you do to encourage PSB organisations to participate in healthy workplace principles?
The Corporate Health Standards award recognises workplaces to actively promote the health and wellbeing of their employees. The Award provides a great framework for developing healthy workplaces.
There is also an award for Small Workplaces, with under 250 employees. A number of large pubic sector http://www.healthyworkingwales.wales.nhs.uk/corporate-health-standard/
Healthy Working Wales – http://www.healthyworkingwales.wales.nhs.uk/corporate-health-standard/
Making Every Contact Count – Online course for Public Sector colleagues – https://mecc.publichealthnetwork.cymru/en/e-learning/
How are you doing? – Public Health Wales campaign and resources – https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/how-are-you-doing/
Food and Drink – Restaurant and retail standards for UHB and new guidelines Veg toolkit for workplaces Hydration toolkit Food Cardiff & Food Vale Websites
Physical Activity – Healthy travel charter Travel maps for workplaces
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Stepiau – http://www.stepiau.org/
NHS resources – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/
Mind Cymru – https://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/mind-cymru/
Mental Health Foundation – https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/wales