Cheshire East Council wants to help workplaces and their
employees to be healthy and happy.
Encouraging and promoting a healthy lifestyle will help to
maintain a healthy workforce. If people try to eat healthily,
reduce their exposure to tobacco smoke and keep themselves active
they can aspire to enjoy a longer life with less risk of illness
Information on smokefree workplaces, healthy eating, alcohol
consumption and exercise is outlined below.
If additional information on health and wellbeing at
work issues is required the Health for Work
Adviceline provides free occupational health advice
service for small and medium sized businesses in England.
Workplace Wellbeing Charter
The Council's application for accreditation for the Workplace Wellbeing Charter
for England has been successful and it has achieved the Charter
status. The application included a self assessment process and an
interview with the Charter Panel in Manchester in October 2012. The
Council can use the Charter "Achieve" Logo until October 2014.
Smoke free workplace
In July 2007 all enclosed public places and workplaces became
smoke free. This was a government attempt to reduce people’s
exposure to the harmful effects of tobacco smoke. However smoking
still causes over 80,000 deaths every year and it is the leading
cause of health inequalities. Cheshire East Council has developed a
smoke free workplace policy to protect staff from the unnecessary
exposure to smoke at work. All the offices and council vehicles are
smoke free and the workplace policy also includes measures to
control the use of electronic cigarettes within premises and
vehicles. Staff who must visit customers in their own homes can be
protected from the harmful effects of tobacco by requesting a smoke
free room while they are doing a home visit. More information can
be obtained from the smoke free page.
Stop smoking service
If you would like to give up smoking and wish to have some
support or guidance you can ring the Stop smoking helpline
on: 0800 085 8818 to find your nearest advisor or visit the
stop smoking page.
Did you know that we consume at least a third of our
daily calorie intake while at work? So the workplace is an
ideal setting to introduce changes essential for maintaining our
health, weight and wellbeing.
We all know what we should be eating but
sometimes we are not sure how much we should
British Heart Foundation has some really useful information on
the Think fit webpage.
Portion sizes are very important. Children's meal sizes are
important and the change4life
website has lots of guidance.
Fruit and Vegetables
As we all know, it is recommended that we eat at least
five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. But did you
know that you should also be eating as many differently
coloured varieties as possible?
Naturally occurring phytochemicals that give fruit and
vegetables their colours can also help keep us healthy and free
from disease. Brightly coloured fruit and vegetables contain the
most antioxidants. So while it's important to 'eat your greens',
it's just as important to eat your reds, oranges, yellows, blues
and purples, too. Eat five a day the rainbow way.
What is a portion of fruit or vegetable?
It is approximately a handful of the fruit or vegetable you
choose to eat. More information can be viewed at the the 5 a day page or visit the
NHS 5 a
Perhaps occasionally you could bring some
fruit into work to have as a snack instead of those tempting
biscuits. This is a way of eating more fruit during the day.
Healthy Lunch box
Many people will take a packed lunch to work. Sometimes
lunch boxes can contain too many unhealthy options? Ait can be
difficult to get ideas to keep the lunch interesting? If you
have not got a fridge at your workplace, small ice packs can be
easily carried next to your packed lunch to keep it cool until
lunch time. This will keep your lunch cold and slow down the growth
of harmful bacteria. More information is available on
Cheshire East Council has produced a leaflet “How cool is your
lunch box?” which gives advice on keeping packed lunches healthy
and safe plus some healthy suggestions of foods to include. These
are available from the Health Improvement Team.
Salt the facts
Many people in the UK eat too much salt which can cause raised
blood pressure. This puts you at increased risk of health problems
such as heart disease and stroke. A few simple steps can help you
to reduce your salt intake. More facts on
salt are available from the NHS Choices website.
The Alcohol Awareness page contains
information on units of alcohol and the current recommended
Regularly drinking more than the recommended limits of alcohol
is harmful to health. You will probably find that cutting down will
be good for your health and how you feel. The most immediate
effects you’re likely to notice are:
- feeling better in the mornings
- being less tired during the day
- your skin may start to look better
- you’ll start to feel in better shape
- you may stop gaining weight
Tips on cutting down
Make a plan
Before you start drinking, set yourself a limit on how much
you’re going to drink.
Set yourself a budget
Only take a fixed amount of money to spend on alcohol.
On your side
If you let your friends and family know you’re cutting down and
that it’s important to you, you could get support from them.
Take it a day at a time
Try and cut back a little each day – then every day you do is a
Make it a smaller one
You can still enjoy a drink but go for smaller sizes. Try
bottled beer or a small glass of wine.
Have a lower-strength drink
Cut down the alcohol by swapping a strong beers or wines for
ones with a lower strength (ABV in %) – you'll see this info on the
Drink a pint of water before you start drinking and avoid using
alcohol to quench your thirst – have a soft drink instead.
Take a break
Have the odd day here and there each week when you don’t have a
For further advice visit the NHS Drinking Advice
Not everyone wants to join a gym or go swimming, but there are
other ways in which you can keep yourself healthy and get some
exercise. Sometimes simply a walk at lunch time or in the evening
after work will help you feel better mentally and keep your body
Visit the Change4life
website and see other ways that can help you believe a healthier
Many employers are now seeing the benefits of investing in their
staff by enabling them to pursue a more active and healthy
lifestyle. Exercise provides some fantastic staff benefits such
- reduced risk of heart disease
- improved ability to cope with stress
- improved levels of confidence
- feeling generally fit and more energetic
- reduced absenteeism
We offer corporate membership packages to a large number of
employers in the area, including Cheshire East Council
To find out more go to the everybody
Walking and health
Walking 10,000 steps a day (about five miles) can give
you a healthy heart and reduce your body fat.
Walking is good for your heart, lungs and improves
cardiovascular fitness. Most of the work is done by the muscles of
the lower body, and it’s a weight-bearing activity, so it can help
improve bone density. It is also low impact, so it won’t strain
The beauty of walking is that it can be fitted into your
daily routine. It’s free, saves on petrol or bus fares and is
better for the planet. Half of all journeys in the UK are under two
If you walk faster you will burn calories at a faster rate and
you’ll arrive quicker. More information on walking is available
from the ranger service at Cheshire East