NICE release new quality standard for Healthy Workplaces

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have released new quality standards providing advice for employers to help improve staff mental and physical health and wellbeing.National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Recommendations and rationale from the standards included;

Make health and wellbeing an organisational priority:
Giving a senior manager responsibility for health and wellbeing shows your organisation’s commitment to a healthy working environment. The named manager can then lead on healthy work initiatives and provide line managers and staff with support to improve working conditions. This can benefit both your organisation and your employees by increasing productivity, lowering staff sickness levels and improving job satisfaction and staff retention rates.

Make health and wellbeing a central part of line management roles:
This can help ensure your employees feel valued, content and able to discuss any concerns before they reach a crisis point. This can also improve productivity.

Ensure employees are involved in decision making:
Empowering your employees to be involved in organisational decisions and practices that have a direct impact on them shows that your organisation cares and values their opinions. It can also lead to improved working practices and, in turn, improved job satisfaction, resulting in a more content and healthy workforce as well as higher levels of commitment and productivity.

Read the full NICE Healthy Workplaces Guidelines: Improving employee mental and physical health and wellbeing

office* show round-up

IMG_1666We had a fantastic two days at the office* show at London Olympia last week.

Our founder, Julia Scodie, chaired a Workplace Health and Wellbeing panel discussion in the Keynote Theatre. Thank you to Femina Makkar, London Sport lead for the Workplace Challenge and Xenia Koumi, Project officer for Business Healthy, who joined the  panel.

20170301_110645It was great to chat to so many of you over at our stand where we were giving taster Workplace Stretch Sessions throughout the show.

If you missed us there, please do feel free get in touch. Find out more about our workplace Pilates, Yoga and fitness classes and tips and advice for championing Health and Wellbeing in your office. Email julia@exerciseinthecity.com

 

Join us at the office* show, 1-2 March 2017, Olympia LondonAbout the office* show
The largest event of its kind, office*connects PAs, EAs, VAs and Office Managers with a host of exhibitors.  Education & experience is at the core of the show; with its keynote theatre and seminars offering seminars, workshops, panel discussions and presentations.

Join us at the office* show


Join us at the office* show, 1-2 March 2017, Olympia LondonThe UK’s largest event for PAs, EAs, VAs & Office Managers. O
ur founder will be chairing a Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace panel discussion in the keynote theatre on day one. You can also join our Workplace Stretch classes in the Chillout Zone on both days of the show.

Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace
Wednesday 1st March 2017; 14:00 – 14:45; Keynote Theatre

Julia Scodie, Founder Exercise in the CityThis interactive discussion will give you practical tips, advice and ideas for championing health & wellbeing initiatives in your own organisations and for yourself.

Our founder, Julia Scodie, will be chairing the session and joined on the panel by health and wellbeing experts;  Femina Makkar, London Sport lead for the Workplace Challenge and Xenia Koumi, Project officer for Business Healthy.
Find out more about the session here

Workplace Stretch with Exercise in the City
Wednesday 1 March & Thursday 2 March 2017; Stand D590
11.00-11.30 & 13.30-14.00

Pilates class for staff at Girlguiding head officeJoin our leading Pilates and Yoga instructors for our taster Workplace Stretch session. Recharge, stretch and strengthen your body and mind ready for your day at the office* or just take some well deserved time out.  No fitness gear required and mats provided. Places are limited, so first come first stretched!

About the office* show
1st and 2nd March 2017, Olympia, London
The largest event of its kind, office*connects PAs, EAs, VAs and Office Managers with a host of exhibitors ranging from venues and accommodation to office equipment and furniture.  Education & experience is at the core of the office* show; with its keynote theatre and seminars offering more than 40 complimentary and paid-for seminars, workshops, panel discussions and presentations. Topics to be covered will include personal and professional skills development, event & project management, HR & career development as well as health & wellbeing within the workplace.
Find out more and register for free at www.officeshow.co.uk

Why Pilates & Yoga are great for Athletes

To become champions, athletes have to push their bodies to extreme fitness levels. To improve posture, avoid injury, and stimulate recovery, many of the UK’s top athletes turn to the mat for Pilates or Yoga.

British Olympic gold medallists who have used Pilates and yoga as an effective supplement for their training.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAndy Murray  Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has had to contend with his fair share of injuries during his career. In 2013 it was feared his career could be severely affected by a back injury and he wouldn’t be able to compete at the top level of the sport again. As we know, not only did Murray make a comeback to top tier tennis, but he did it by winning Wimbledon for a second time, collecting a second gold medal in the 2016 Olympics, helping Great Britain win the Davis Cup, and finishing as the world number one player at the end of 2016. Continue reading

Active Lunch Challenge Competition

London Sport

Staff at London Sport get active with a lunchbreak Pilates class

We’re working with London Sport supporting the Active Lunch Challenge offering you the chance to win a lunchtime fitness class at your London office.  

The Prize
One of our fantastic instructors will come along to your workplace to teach one of our classes. All you need is a free meeting room or space in your office and some willing colleagues!

How to enter
1) Pledge to get active and sign up to the Active Lunch Challenge
2) Email us at info@exerciseinthecity.com  to let us know you’ve pledged to get active!
Entries close 28th February 2017. Ts & C’s apply 

Why take part
The Active Lunch Challenge is an 8-week national activity logging challenge taking place from now until the 28th February 2017.
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It’s a great and easy way to make an active change to your daily routine.

Activities can be anything that gets your heart rate elevated, makes you feel a little bit warmer and gets your blood pumping.

From a brisk lunch break walk, stretching at your desk, taking the stairs instead of the lift to a fitness class in your office… everything counts.

Visit www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/activelunch
and sign up to the challenge today

Liven up your lunch

active-lunch-social-media-imageJoin the Active Lunch Challenge
Did you know introducing just ten-minutes of bite size chunks of activity in and around your working day can help maintain a healthy lifestyle?

From now until the 28th February you and your colleagues can join the Active Lunch challenge by logging your activities and earning activity points with the Workplace Challenge.

Activities can be anything that gets your heart rate elevated, makes you feel a little bit warmer and gets your blood pumping. From a brisk lunch break walk, stretching at your desk to a fitness class in your office.

Why take part
Many of us spend more than 60% of our waking hours at work, and in January/February when the mornings and evenings are filled with darkness getting out and being active can often be the last thing we want to do!  So the challenge will be highlighting lots of easy ways you can make an active change to your daily routine.

We’re passionate about getting workplaces active and will be supporting the Workplace Challenge to promote the campaign with prizes, tips and advice to help you stay healthy in the workplace.

Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to find out more through the campaign

 

A simple way to get more active in 2017

3 steps stacked.jpgWant to do more exercise in 2017 but wondering how you will find the time? Fitting exercise into your busy working week can be a challenge, so let us make it easier for you…  

One of our fantastic fitness instructors will bring your choice of exercise class to you at your workplace… so no excuses!

All you need is a free room or space, push any desks and chairs aside and away you go. Classes can be held during your lunch break, before or after work. It’s a convenient way to fit exercise into your working day. Plus as we come to you every week, it’s easy to keep motivated and stay active through the year.

Pilates, Yoga, HIIT, Circuits, Zumba, Boot camp, Abs Blast and more… We offer your choice of class and will adapt the session to suit your space.

We’re passionate about getting workplaces active and deliver fun classes for all levels. Whether you’re a complete beginner, or a fitness pro, we’re committed to helping you achieve your fitness and health goals.

Classes from just £5 per person… So no excuses not to get, and stay, active in 2017.

To find out more and book a taster class for your workplace contact us today

The Guardian – How to be more healthy at work in 2017

the_guardian-logoThe Guardian Online    January 2017
How to be more Healthy at Work in 2017

After the festive over-indulgence, experts shared their tips for keeping fit and healthy in the workplace.  Our Founder Julia featured with her top tip for an active lunch break!

Read the full feature here

Healthy Workplace Charter Awards

Julia Scodie, Exercise in the City -4.jpgA fantastic initiative backed by the London Mayor, the Healthy Workplace Charter provides clear and easy steps for employers to make their workplaces healthier and happier.

Our Founder Julia Scodie was invited to speak at the Awards ceremony held at City Hall last month.
London Healthy Workplace Charter Awards 2016
The ceremony recognised and celebrated organisations dedicated to creating healthier working environments for their staff. It was such an honour to be invited to speak and to meet so many employers who are passionate about their staff Health and Wellbeing.

AHealthy Workplace Awards.jpgbout the London Healthy Workplace Charter
The Charter provides a framework for action to help employers build good practice in health and work in their organisation. It’s essentially a set of standards that organisations must meet in order to receive an official accreditation (and award).

Standards include: Physical activity, healthy eating and mental health and wellbeing. To date over 140 organsations have been accredited with more than 260,000 employees benefitting. The Charter is open to all employers; private, public, big, small and across industries.

Find out more about the Health Workplace Charter and register your interest

Did you know?
Almost 14 million working days a year are lost to sickness absence in London.
An average London firm of 250 employees can lose up to £250,000 a year, or £4,800 per week,
due to sickness absence.

 Physically active workers take 27% fewer sick days than non-physically active counterparts and happier workers are 12% more productive than average, with unhappy workers 10%productive.

Scrap the office chocolate tin

Tasty treats your office needs to try this holiday season.

Guest post by Genna Kalish, Founder of SnackMaster

snackmaster-bannerWe’re all for office munching. Especially during the holiday season. You can’t ask us to celebrate an occasion without diving into packet of something sweet. However, there are so many healthier alternatives to your traditional chocolate tin. We asked SnackMaster Founder, Genna Kalish for her favourites.

Gemma’s top 5 festive snacks guaranteed to tickle your team’s taste buds:

pana1.  Pana Chocolate
No-one does luxury quite like Pana. Raw, organic and handmade in Australia. You have no idea what ‘melt in your mouth’ means unless you have tried one of these bad boys. They are pure velvet. There’s 12 incredible flavours to choose from. Definitely something for everyone.

Mallows2.  Mallows
Who can resist a winter spiced hot drink with marshmallows?! Marshmallows are usually no friend of vegetarians and those that are health conscious. However, Mallows are dairy free, gluten free, and gelatin free. They have no artificial flavourings and colours. And of course, are vegetarian and vegan. Trust us, they taste divine. Absolutely no scrimping on taste.

Ninas Popcorn3.  Nina’s Popcorn
Nina’s is an exciting and innovative range of naturally nutritious superfood popcorn. By using antioxidant and nutrient-rich ingredients, Nina’s have created a popcorn snack that is both delicious and nutritious. You can expect the likes of coconut, goji berries, maca, cacao, spirulina, sriracha, pink himalayan rock salt and pistachios. It’s truly hard to believe that Nina’s is made using 100% plant-based ingredients and is gluten, wheat, dairy and refined sugar free. So tasty (and addictive)!

4.  Livia’s Kitchen Millionaire Bites
livia-kitchenNo one can say no to a slice of millionaire shortbread (or two). The sweet gooey caramel placed delicately on top of the smooth buttery base. Topped with rich chocolate. Sounds like a dream right? And then you remember the sugar content… That’s where Livia comes in. She has created the perfect gluten, dairy and refined sugar free alternative. Full of delicious flavour.

stript-snacks-group5.  Stript Biltong
No snack list is complete without adding something in for the meat lovers community out there. Our favourite meat snack is by Stript. Their biltong is seriously soft and tender. It’s tough to find a brand that is just 100% meat with no added sugar or preservatives. But these guys know how to do it! High in protein, low fat, paleo friendly, gluten-free and naturally rich in zinc, iron, potassium and the B vitamins you need to stay strong and healthy.

All of these tasty snacks can be found in our SnackMaster boxes for outrageously discounted prices

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Awesome snacks delivered to your office.
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