A third of a person’s working hours are spent at their workplaces, whether this is at an office or at home. Workplaces offer great potential to promote and sustain employee health and wellbeing. Regardless of the type of workplace it remains vitally important to eat healthily and keep moving.

Employers can support their staff to maintain their health and wellbeing by ensuring policies and practices are in place that support healthy choices.

Our plan includes:

  1. Asking all Public Service Board organisations’ staff restaurants/canteens sign up to healthy food standards.
  2. Supporting Public Service Board organisations to develop walking and cycling routes available to/from sites and active travel plans.
  3. Encouraging Public Service Board organisations to participate in healthy workplace principles.

What can you do to encourage heathy eating in your workplace?

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.

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Cardiff’s Veg City Campaign is driving up veg consumption by changing things on a local level – promoting veg, growing veg, getting more veg into school meals, reducing the amount of veg that is wasted, and so much more.

They are calling on workplaces to make a veg pledge. A toolkit of ideas and resources has been created for workplaces to support them to make a veg pledge.

Find out more visit the Vegcities website or contact the Food Cardiff Sustainable Food City
Co-ordinator: Pearl.Costello@wales.nhs.uk

In partnership with Refill Wales we’ve created a toolkit to encourage employers to promote drinking water to their staff. There are benefits to both the health of the staff in reducing plastic waste to make workplaces more sustainable. The toolkit comes with social media assets, posters and information for employers to support the promotion of drinking water in their own setting.

Email movemoreeatwell@wales.nhs.uk for more information.

What can you do to develop active travel in your work place?

Traveline Cymru’s Journey Planner offers a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all travel information

Plan your Cardiff walking and cycling journeys using Cardiff’s walking and cycling map

Organisations across Wales are showing their commitment to healthier and more sustainable forms of transport, by publicly signing a Healthy Travel Charter. Each Charter contains a series of commitments the organisation will make over 3 years to support their staff and visitors to walk and cycle more, take public transport, and switch to electric vehicles.

Visit the Healthy Travel Wales website for further information

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.

Sustrans offer a workplace travel challenge. Their challenge is a fun and exciting way for employees to give active and sustainable travel a try, creating the foundation for lasting behaviour change. It’s an online competition in which participants log their sustainable and active journeys to work. Employees compete to clock up the most walking, cycling, public transport and car-sharing journeys. A challenge can involve many different organisations, a single organisation or internal departments competing with each other, and is a great way to keep up the motivation for embedding new travel habits.

Find out more information here
Email: challenge@sustrans.org.uk

What can you do to embed healthy workplace principles into your organisation and workplace?

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.

Further information can be found on the Healthy Working Wales Website

A number of infographics have been designed to show some simple steps which employers and employees can take to look after their health and wellbeing. Can you circulate them amongst your organisation? Can you display them anywhere prominent?