Peterborough have a number of public health issues that are increasingly pressing. 65% of adults in Peterborough are considered overweight or obese, potentially reducing their life expectancy by 10 years; one in five people in Peterborough drink above the recommended levels; and the population is ageing with the number of people over 65 in the City predicted to be almost 75% by 2031.
The way in which we work and the nature of illness is changing, creating challenges and opportunities for employers and employees. The average person spends over a third of their waking hours at work and therefore the workplace is a great setting to encourage people to make lifestyle changes that will improve their health and that in turn helps increase productivity.
Delegates heard from Liz Robin, Director of Public Health at Peterborough City Council on why they are working with Business in the Community to help improve the health and wellbeing of employees within the workplace and the impact this will have on the City. Liz talked about the inequalities within Peterborough and the opportunity that workplaces now have to increase their productivity by improving staff wellbeing. Sharon Clapham from Axiom Housing talked delegates through their organisations wellbeing journey, which helped reduce sickness levels by over 50%. HMRC explained how working with BITC locally had enabled them to share best practice with their wider group and up skill themselves in a variety of wellbeing initiatives, including becoming health champions and improving their mental health knowledge.
Debbie Longhurst, who leads on the Peterborough Healthy Workplaces Offer closed the event by giving an overview of the Offer to workplaces which includes funded accredited training for workplace health champions and mental health, underpinned by networks to ensure Peterborough businesses can maintain their wellbeing strategies, thus improve productivity.
The first free sessions of training are being delivered in November. To book a place, contact Debbie on Debbie.firstname.lastname@example.org