Corporate Health: Swimming

Swimming is a great way to stay in shape – it’s suitable for almost anybody, works out your whole body, and isn’t dependent on the weather. No excuses!

You know by now that staying physically active has a whole host of benefits that carry over into a business environment, so why not incentivise your team to hit the pool?

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This article from Berkeley Wellness outlines all of the health benefits of swimming, and the advantages it has as a low-impact activity. Share with your staff to encourage them to get wet!


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Swimming.org is a great online hub that contains pretty much everything you could possibly want to know about swimming in the UK. Their poolfinder is a great online tool that your staff can use to find the most convenient place to swim!


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This article from the NHS is full of tips and advice for those that are new to swimming. It’s really one of the most accessible activities, so share this piece with staff members that are a bit unsure!


 

Nudjed Health Resources are collections of online content and tools that offer simple, low-cost ways to improve specific areas of health. To discover which areas of health are affecting productivity in your organisation, check out Nudjed Insights. 

Corporate Health: Measurement and Tracking Weight Loss

Accurate measurement is important for your staff to understand their own bodies. And if they want to lose weight, keeping track of how they’re doing can offer continued motivation and can ensure that they’re doing it in a healthy, sustainable way.

This blog looks at different ways to measure weight loss, and the tools that you could suggest to your staff to help them.


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At Nudjed, we’re a bit wary of using BMI (Body Mass Index) to measure weight loss – it can be inaccurate, especially as it doesn’t account for the difference between muscle and fat. Why not suggest your staff measure weight loss using waist to height ratio instead? Here’s an explanation of why it’s great and how to measure it.


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Keeping track of the exercise they’re doing and the food they eat is a great way for your staff to stay focused on their weight loss goals. MyFitnessPal is a free app that tracks all of this and more – it even tracks different food groups, encouraging users to eat a healthy, balanced diet. No more cabbage soup!


(Lifehacker)

This great article from Lifehacker covers the issues many people face when trying to track weight loss, the best methods for dealing with those issues, and tips for staying motivated. Why not share it with your staff?


Nudjed Health Resources are collections of online content and tools that offer simple, low-cost ways to improve specific areas of health. To discover which areas of health are affecting productivity in your organisation, check out Nudjed Insights. 

How Data Literacy Can Boost Workplace Health

HR professionals, along with those from a range of other professional and managerial roles, will be well aware of the increasing demand for data literacy. This article from SiliconAngle argues that the ability to understand and analyse data is just as important now as  computer literacy became 20 years ago. As business evolves, making data-driven decisions is a skill that is expected of more and more people. But where to start – how can you become data literate?


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Health and wellbeing is a key area for ‘Big Data’. Business in the 21st century is very different to anything before – the majority of office-based jobs depend on the cognitive performance of staff. However, the very nature of these jobs means that  more people are living sedentary lifestyles – and lower levels of activity are linked to lower inductive intelligence. In simple terms, sitting in front of a screen all day is having a negative impact on employees’ mental ability.

At the same time, the nature of ill health has changed. Due to modern lifestyles, 1 in 5 people now have some form of mental illness, and almost a quarter of UK adults are obese. High blood pressure and diabetes are also more widespread than ever before. The combination of these factors means that health in the workplace is now incredibly important – which is where health and wellbeing initiatives come in.

Traditionally, wellbeing programmes have failed to deliver consistent results. Some workplace initiatives have been little more than entertainment – like the trends for desk-based head massage and aromatherapy. This webinar from AXA Healthcare outlines a clear method that HR professionals should follow to measure and improve health within an organisation. We highly recommend watching the webinar, but in case you don’t have time, we’ve summarised it below.

HR needs to identify health risks (like obesity, high blood pressure, etc) and then work to mitigate them. Outcomes can be measured in the removal of risk factors, which will have a direct, measurable impact on productivity. An effective wellbeing programme requires the following components:

    • Strategy – a clear goal, in numbers. For example, making your organisation 1000 years younger, or removing 100 health risk factors.

    • Capability – building a sustainable platform for long-term activity. The whole organisation needs to be aware of, and involved in,  initiatives.

    • Programme – the actual actions undertaken. This can be very diverse, using a range of suppliers and partners to improve different areas of health.

By following a plan like this, you can begin to become data literate in your activities – setting clear targets, tracking progress, and communicating outcomes to management by demonstrating risk reduction. This logical, data-driven approach requires commitment, sustainability and a long-term strategy. The benefits are clear – HR will be able to show long-term value creation and a tangible ROI, as well as contributing to corporate social responsibility practices.

So how does Nudjed fit in? Our unique Insights tool gathers data you can’t get anywhere else. We find out how your staff actually feel about their health, and identify the areas they’re most interested in improving, so that you can create a health and wellbeing programme with the greatest possible impact. Old HR approaches were based on guesswork and assumptions about which health initiatives would be effective, resulting in low levels of engagement and difficulty showing success. With Nudjed, you can make data-driven decisions about how to spend your wellbeing budget to maximise engagement and effect real change in your organisation. Better yet, we crunch the numbers for you and provide you with clear, actionable insights – making it as easy as possible to become a data-literate department.


To learn more about how Nudjed Insights could help you to create a more effective health and wellbeing programme, visit get.nudjed.com/insights.