workers - good for morale and attendance
Stressful jobs and healthy lifestyles don't go hand in hand.
The Employee Advisory Service says that absenteeism from work is now costing employers
£11.6 billion every year.
That's £476 for every worker in the
Inside Out's Sadie Nine visited a city of London company who are
trying to turn things rounds for their staff with an innovative new scheme.
City Law Firm Beachcroft employs 400 staff in London,
and about 1,400 across the country.
- keen to lose weight and improve fitness|
got Mitie Catering to run their staff canteen, Café 100.
a nutritional programme called City Living, and this is now on offer to staff
at Beachcroft in Café 100.
The menu choices are healthy and nutritious.
a result, because many of Beachcroft's staff work long hours, they can rely on
being able to get a balanced meal for breakfast & lunch.
fruit, vegetables, and juices are on offer, there's a salad bar and menus are
published in advance so staff can plan their eating.
uses "Weight Loss Intelligence". This holistic approach brings together
knowledge about how mind and work. Slimcoach has three principles:
if something doesn't challenge you, it won't change you. Rising to a challenge
and succeeding can be a very positive experience:
* if changing your diet
and undergoing weight loss doesn't feel good, it isn't going to work. Feeling
deprived and hungry, and fighting to resist foods you crave is not a good mind
set. Slimcoach looks at how people can connect with positive sources of energy:
* you need to have ownership of what you're doing. Following
someone else's diet instructions doesn't put you in charge. You need to take control
of your own regime.
Living can provide a tailor-made programme for staff who really need to make changes.
Solicitors Emma Bate and Nicholas Ridley-Wilson, and Legal Secretary Brenda
Gordon signed up to a month-long regime.
Emma and Nicholas wanted to reduce
stress, eat more healthily and have more energy.
Brenda was keen to lose
All three also hoped that a better lifestyle would make them more
productive & efficient at work.
So they filled out a detailed questionnaire
which was analysed by nutritionist Liz Sheppard-Jones of Slimcoach.
gave each of them detailed eating and exercise plans to follow over four weeks.
Inside Out charts their progress over the month.
All three were successful, and by the end of the month
they noticed real changes in their appearance and lifestyle.
Emma is no
longer worrying about food because she knew she could get healthy and delicious
meals at work.
workplaces - nutritionist Liz Sheppard-Jones in action|
she didn't need to lose weight, she has shed a few pounds and is also finding
she has more energy.
Nicholas looks much better and is exercising regularly.
Although he still enjoys eating out, he is more careful about his menu
He's noticed his concentration has improved at work and he is
coping better on days when the pressure mounts.
And Brenda has lost over
four pounds, and no longer has blood sugar dips during the day.
better food at home, and has changed her eating habits.
Beachcroft are delighted with the results and hope all
three staff will feel healthy and enthusiastic about themselves and their work.
They think many employers will start running similar schemes to help staff
cope with the demands of their jobs.
Liz Sheppard-Jones also thinks we'll
see more firms adopting these attitudes.
- Liz has encouraged Nick to make healthy choices|
As she points
out, the National Audit Office have predicted that by 2010, £3.6 billion
will be spent on lost-productivity through lifestyle-related disease.
Government is putting pressure on companies to be more proactive about their employees'
It's no longer enough to offer private health schemes and a gym.
With 28 million working days lost in 2004/2005 through obesity-related
diseases alone, it's time to start taking staff's lifestyle choices more seriously.
City Living programme will continue to be offered at Beachcroft, and is being
extended to other firms in the City.
Meanwhile, Emma, Brenda and Nick are
delighted with their results and how they've transformed their work and home lives.
All are determined to continue with their healthy living and working plans.
For more information on Liz Sheppard-Jones and
her nutritional coaching, follow the link to her site below at Slimcoach or contact
Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org
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