Why prevention is better than cure

At Benenden Health we believe that where possible, prevention is always better than cure when it comes to health issues. And it’s well documented by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the UK Government’s Department of Health and Social Care too.  

Encouraging your employees to adopt a proactive approach to their health and wellbeing is just as beneficial for your business as it is for them. After all, the earlier any potential health issues are spotted and acted upon, the lower the chances are of them causing long-term sickness and absence from work.

Plus, demonstrating care and support for your employees’ wellbeing can help ensure they feel valued – improving staff loyalty, morale, engagement and productivity. 

So, here are four ways you can support your workforce in keeping healthy and well: 

Find out how our business health and wellbeing services could support both your business and employees here.

Here are three prevention ideas you can implement at your company, to kick off the New Year:

1. Provide employee health assessments

Health assessments are one of the most comprehensive ways to promote preventative healthcare for employees in your workplace. They can help identify potential health risks, meaning the employee can take action before they escalate into something more serious.

In fact, the eight key risk factors to poor health, listed by the World Health Organisation, can all be addressed in a health assessment. The list includes medical conditions that may not have clear symptoms, like high cholesterol and high blood pressure; making health assessments particularly beneficial.

Health Assessments for Business by Benenden Health are designed to suit the individual needs of your workforce and can be conveniently arranged on-site. Employees receive a personal health report highlighting any actions they could take to take to improve their health

2. Encourage exercise

It’s recommended that UK adults do two and a half hours of moderate exercise per week in order to remain healthy and well. Research suggests this would help minimise the risks of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia.

However, an alarming 27% of Brits are classed as physically inactive, with 14% doing no exercise at all, and 13% doing fewer than 30 minutes of moderate exercise per week. Some of the most commonly cited barriers are a lack of time, not having the willpower, and finding it too much hard work.

Introducing lunchtime exercise clubs, discounted membership to a gym near your workplace or implementing a cycle-to-work scheme can all provide convenient, fun and social ways for your employees to fulfil their weekly exercise goals.

Read our blog for more tips on encouraging employees to fit exercise into their daily working lives.

3. Help employees with healthy eating

A healthy diet is crucial to maintain good physical and mental health, as well as positively impacting productivity and work performance.

Bursting with vitamins and minerals, fruit and vegetables can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers. However, research suggests that a frightening 75% of UK adults don’t get their recommended five-a-day!

Here are a few ways you can help your employees eat a balanced and nutritious diet:

1. Swap the biscuit jar for a fruit bowl

2. Encourage employees to eat a healthy breakfast to start their day right. for ideas on how to do this read our healthy breakfasts article

3. Make your employees aware of healthy eating apps. See our article for a list of healthy eating apps you could suggest

4. Review the cafeteria menu or re-stock the vending machine to ensure there are plenty of healthy options available

5. Consider giving employees tips on healthy lunch recipes, or host a lunch club where employees can share or try out new recipes. Read our blog for some ideas on healthy lunches. 

4. Encourage good sleeping habits

The importance of a good night’s sleep can easily be overlooked – especially with today’s hectic work schedules and busy lifestyles. But getting the recommended amount of (and more importantly good quality) sleep is vital to maintain good health.

Read our blog on promoting good sleep habits for some simple tips and advice.

Of course, it’s just not possible to ensure your employees all have perfect health. But taking simple steps like these can help bring health and wellbeing to the forefront of everybody’s minds. And in turn you can build a happier, healthier and more motivated workforce that’ll boost business performance. 

To discover how Benenden Health could support your business with our health and wellbeing services please call 0800 414 8179 or visit our Business Healthcare page.