7th June 2016 – Dietitians spread the word about the importance of a healthy workplace
How to have a healthy workplace is the focus of a campaign by dietitians and employee health and wellbeing teams at Airedale Hospital.
They are supporting the third national Dietitians week (6th-10th June) run by the British Dietetics Association (BDA) by spreading the word about how staff and members of the local community can look after their health at work.
They will have an information stand on site in the landing above the main entrance to the trust headquarters with healthy recipes, suggestions for how to make a healthy lunch, leaflets about the links between food and mood and signposting to physical activities available at the hospital for staff.
As part of the campaign there will also be:
– Tips on healthy meetings – the team has bid for funds from the Staff Lottery to provide water jugs in Airedale Hospital’s education centre to make sure staff stay hydrated
– ‘I have chosen to take a lunchbreak’ signs will be placed in the meeting rooms supplied by the BDA and coloured by children the on-site day nursery
– A Twitter campaign will run throughout the week asking staff to tweet pictures of their healthy lunches using the hashtag #staffhealthylunch.
Each day of the week-long national campaign has a different theme – Food and mood – Monday (6th), Healthy meetings – Tuesday (7th), Protecting your lunch hour – Wednesday (8th), Hydration – Thursday (9th) and Food and movement – Friday (10th).
The British Dietetic Association (BDA) has recently carried out a review which revealed how supporting regular eating patterns and a quality diet for workers can improve overall wellness, drive productivity and reduce sickness absence.
Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public health level.
Eleanor Johnstone, a dietitian at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This campaign allows us to showcase the role of the dietitian and the focus this year on workplace health has provided us with a platform to promote a healthy lifestyle at work.
“A healthy workplace can help to reduce stress, increase productivity, and improve the health of the staff. Our aim is to encourage staff to take their lunch break, choose a healthy balanced meal, keep hydrated throughout the day and come along to one of the many exercise classes available to staff.
“We also hope that members of the public could use some of the ideas in their workplace.”
Michael Smith, head of employee health and wellbeing service at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said: “The wellbeing of our staff is crucial for the safe and effective delivery of services to our patients. This awareness week is a great idea and will complement the Zumba, Pilates and Hula Hooping exercise classes we already organise for our staff.”
Some tips for having a healthier workplace are:
• Provide brief comfort breaks after an hour in meetings and enourage people to move around, stand and stretch
• Fresh drinking water should be available in meetings and offices
• Make time for a lunchbreak to rehydrate, refuel and get some activity or fresh air
• Provide fruit rather than cakes and pastries as a treat for colleagues
• Give directions to meetings and workplace in a way that encourages healthy travel by walking or cycling
For more information visit https://www.bda.uk.com/improvinghealth/trustadietitian/dietitiansweek or http://www.bdaworkready.co.uk/