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Council gets set for ‘Wellbeing week’

12 March 2019

Cheshire East Council has organised a series of internal events, to promote the health and wellbeing of staff.

The planned activities coincide with nutrition and hydration week, which is committed to focusing energy, activity and engagement on the importance of a sensible, balanced diet and keeping hydrated. It is also an important part of quality and safety, especially in health and social care settings. 

There is evidence that poor nutrition and hydration can harm peoples’ health and wellbeing, reduce their ability to recover and even lead to death. Poor and inconsistent practice in nutrition and hydration care can also lead to serious and avoidable harm.

The roadshow of internal events is being supported by Active Cheshire and leisure partners Everybody Sport and Recreation and Brio. Crewe business Mornflake has also supplied 1,000 porridge pots to promote better nutrition at breakfast time.

The council is providing health checks and advice to staff throughout the week about avoiding scams, which will include help and advice sessions given by the authority’s trading standards team. Exercise information sheets, team activity challenge wallcharts and awareness posters will be distributed along with items, such as stress balls and puzzles.

Councillor Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East cabinet member for health, said: “The drive towards making our lifestyles healthier is something that we should be thinking about all the time but weeks like this help to focus the mind, so naturally we’re very happy to be doing our bit to encourage colleagues to look after themselves.”

Events are taking place across key council sites in Macclesfield, Crewe and Sandbach.