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Hello and welcome to our Spring edition of the Healthy Workplace E-Bulletin

Annual Workplace Health Awards

Thank you again to all that came to our annual Workplace Health Awards last month. We really enjoyed the day and was so great to celebrate with you all.

We have uploaded all the fantastic Case Studies from this years awards, so please have a look to get inspiration for this next coming year.

If you would like to see the presentations from our guest speaker Dame Carol Black or from the workshop presentations, please visit our website.

We are very excited that Dame Carol Black has been invited to present in Hong Kong this month and is using Trac Services as a good practice workplace health model!  Well done Trac Services!

Workplace Health Business Forum
Our 4th forum will be taking place on Wednesday 25th May 2016 at Trewithen Dairy, Greymare Farm, Lostwithiel, PL22 0LW from 9:30am until 12:00pm.

Topics will include:

  • Cancer at Work with Macmillan
  • Mental Health & Resilience with Karen Oldham-Waring.
Places are free, but please email us to book your place at: Please note, places are limited to just 25 spaces, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Annual Score Card
For a while now we have been working with our website developers trying to set up an annual score card and online survey to support our annual Workplace Health assessment and provide a tool for workplaces which we hope will help capture data to support the 'healthy workplace business case' for your specific companies.

It is still early days, but the best way is to get your input and feedback so we can try and get it as right as possible.
Therefore we are kindly asking if any of you would be willing to have a look at it and test it out for us?  Any feedback would be so appreciated. 

Please let us know via if you would like to take part in the pilot of this score card.  Thank you :-)

Cornwall Beach Games
This years Cornwall Beach Games is taking place on Friday 13th May at Perranporth Beach.

The Beach Games is available to all businesses in Cornwall. Registration is from 2-2.30pm with the games commencing at 3pm.  The event is £100 per team, each team must have between 8-12 people, 2 of which should be female.

To enter complete the booking form and email to or call 01872 323344. The closing date for entries is 6th May.

Start the day right!
Making sure your staff are as productive as possible can make a huge difference to your business and starting the day with a nutritious, healthy breakfast can help. 
One third of all workers regularly skip breakfast but having a healthy breakfast will make sure that people have the energy to work effectively and will be more likely to keep their mind off food until lunchtime. 
The British Heart Foundation - Health at Work have provided 7 ways to start the day right, focusing on breakfast! More details can be found here.
Healthy Breakfast Idea:

We just LOVE this idea that Geoff from BT at Goonhilly Earth Station gave us!
Frozen Porridge - on the go!
The night before, layer raw porridge oats, frozen fruit and natural low fat yoghurt up in a jar or cup and put in the fridge overnight.
Next morning, the fruit juices will have soaked your oats, making a lovely fresh, healthy breakfast for you to eat on the go!

Free Health Promotion Service Training

Businesses and Organisations across the county are taking advantage of the FREE training being delivered by the Health Promotion Service called “Making Every Contact Count”

Developed by the NHS, this training is of real benefit to employers and employees alike, delivering improvements in staff health and wellbeing, thus improving morale and productivity.

Those attending the training learn communication skills, understand key health messages and learn how to support colleagues, friends and family to achieve better health.
Previous attendees have expressed how confident they feel in discussing health concerns and how they gained invaluable transferable skills.

The training is offered at our offices in Pool or can be delivered at your premises and tailored to your needs.

Delivery dates can be found here or contact Indra or Carly on 01209 313419 if you would like us to arrange a bespoke delivery to your organisation.

For information on our Mental Health Awareness Training and other training available, please visit our Training website.

New resources
The new British Heart Foundation Alcohol booklet is now live available, aimed at workplaces and includes the rationale behind raising alcohol awareness, guidance on writing policy and developing a healthier work culture, as well as fun ideas for events and activities.  This guide to promoting alcohol awareness in the workplace is the 6th booklet in the Health at Work toolkit.


Public Health England have released 2 new info-graphics to show the importance of Physical Activity for both Adults and Children and Young People.

A new Eatwell Guide released by Public Health England (PHE) shows the revised proportions of the food groups that help us meet official advice and nutrient requirements.
The guide replaces the eatwell plate and has been refreshed to reflect updated dietary recommendations, including those on sugar, fibre and starchy carbohydrates from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) report on Carbohydrates and Health in 2015.
There is greater prominence for fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates, preferably wholegrain, in the new guide. PHE recommends consuming 30 grams of fibre a day, the same as eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables, 2 whole-wheat cereal biscuits, 2 thick slices of wholemeal bread and 1 large baked potato with the skin on. Currently people only consume around 19 grams of fibre per day, less than 2 thirds the recommendation.

The campaign branded 'One You' is aimed at adults aged 40-60 and will not only assist individuals in being able to identify the behaviours they will need to change to improve their own health, but will also provide tools for organisations to be able to support their own employees.   

One You is the most significant public health campaign to launch in this country for eight years from Public Health England.

Stressed? Out of shape? Totally knackered?? We understand modern life is hard. One You is here to help! Modern day life makes it hard to be healthy. Take the ‘How Are You’ online quiz and see how you can start the fight back to a healthier you.

For an individual, the journey starts with a new and simple quiz tool which will enable an initial assessment of their health as well as providing easy access to information and support to help them improve their health.  For an employer, the quiz tool will allow employers to be able to start a conversation about lifestyle and may prompt more people to ask for assistance on issues such as losing weight or stopping smoking.
For further information and resources and to be able to promote this to your networks, please visit
Health Campaigns

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
April 1, 2016 to April 30, 2016
Bowel Cancer UK
World Health Day
7th April 2016
World Health Organisation
National Stop Snoring Week
April 25, 2016 to April 29, 2016
British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association
Action on Stroke Month
May 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016
National Walking Month
May 1, 2016 to May 30, 2016
World Asthma Day
May 3, 2016
Sun Awareness Week
May 9, 2016 to May 15, 2016
British Association of Dermatologists
Mental Health Awareness Week
May 16, 2016 to May 22, 2016
Mental Health Foundation
National Smile Month A campaign to improve oral health.
May 16, 2016 to June 16, 2016
British Dental Health Foundation
World Hypertension Day
May 17, 2016
Work Foundation update

Please find information and contact details from Karen Steadman below.
All the Policy unit papers are available here,
For your ease of reference the ‘summary’ report which we prepared in response to the election is here

The localism paper is here
And the SME paper is here - also Karens slides on SMEs can be found here.
Karen Steadman
Senior Researcher
Telephone +44 (0) 20 7976 3508

Stay Alive Mobile Phone Application

A suicide prevention pocket resource for the UK, 'Stay Alive' offers help and support both to people with thoughts of suicide and to people concerned about someone else. The app can be personalised to tailor it to the user. This app, although not Cornwall-centric, does have national search pages and services in Cornwall are can be found there.

Key features include:

  • Quick access to national crisis support helplines
  • A mini-safety plan that can be filled out by a person considering suicide
  • A LifeBox to which the user can upload photos from their phone reminding them of their reasons to stay alive
  • Strategies for staying safe from suicide
  • How to help a person thinking about suicide
  • Suicide myth-busting
  • Research-based reasons for living
  • Online support services and other helpful apps
  • Suicide bereavement resources
Building Skills for Better Conversations
We all encounter challenging conversations in our business and personal lives. We treat them with trepidation because of our fear of the big unknown - the reaction we’ll get. Some go well, others less so. But however well we try to plan what we will say, we’re never quite sure how the other person will react. The plan can often be undone very quickly!

What we do know is that better conversations lead to better productivity, less stress, and happier people. So wouldn’t it be great if we could hone our conversation skills, developing strategies to cope with different possible reactions, and get instant feedback on how we come across to others?

ActorBank, based in Cornwall, have just launched their unique service that allows anyone to practise a specific conversation with a trained actor, boosting skills and confidence at the same time.

Here’s how it works. You identify the situation (called a ‘scenario’) you need to practise and, using a simple online form, describe the circumstances and the challenge you need to focus on. You then book a session at a time of your choosing, when your assigned actor will call via Skype, ready to play the requested character and scenario. After a brief introduction you will get the opportunity to practise the conversation, which you can stop at any time to re-try parts you didn’t feel happy with. At the end you will receive feedback on how you came across, helping you to identify areas to work on, and building your confidence.

Commenting on recent trials of the service, ActorBank Director Sarah Lincoln says: “Feedback so far has been incredibly positive, with clients growing in confidence to deal with all sorts of previously challenging situations. Clients have commented that they feel ActorBank is really on their side, and it’s true, nothing makes us happier than the news that someone got the job, or resolved a work issue.”

Fellow Director David Bright added: “All the evidence shows that organisations who invest in their staff to create better interactions with colleagues and customers create happier and healthier workplaces. These skills are far too important to be left to chance, but it is very rare to get the chance to practise conversation skills in a safe and supportive environment. Our service addresses this gap.”

If you are interested in using the ActorBank service you can register on their website and one of the team will then get in contact to help you create your practise scenarios and book your first sessions. Prices start at £125 for three sessions (+ VAT), but discounted sessions are also available for trial clients who are prepared to do three sessions quickly and give ActorBank some feedback on the experience.

Contact details:
We Welcome Feedback!

Thank you for reading this edition of the Workplace Health E-bulletin. If you would like any further information on any of the topics, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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