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"The support is the most important aspect, to know that someone is able to provide useful help, tips and guidance has been a godsend, with feedback from weekly food diaries you get a gentle nudge in the right direction which has allowed me to meet and then exceed my weight target, and has given me the lifestyle framework to be able to maintain my weight going forwards. " HS Warwickshire

Employee health improvements with our 121 programmes and online healthy eating programme


The demands of work can have a considerable impact on employees’ eating habits. Many people will skip breakfast or lunch because of a long commute or time constraints at work and will feel sluggish later in the day as a result. Similarly, adopting unhealthy eating habits of processed foods, fizzy drinks, unhealthy snacks and foods containing high fat and high sugar is very common to boost energy in working environments, but can actually be detrimental to performance.

Improving performance in the workplace, gaining staff engagement and having a healthy and happy workforce is key to business success.  Absenteeism is a major cost to business with an average  of 7.6 days per employee which means; Cost to business of £600 per employee per annum or £78 per employee per day.  People who are off sick with musculoskeletal problems are often linked to being overweight or obese - 42% of men are overweight and 32% of women are overweight and presenteeism is linked to bad diet.

We were asked to provide our healthy eating initiatives for the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals.  This is what Lindsay Melvin, CEO at The CIPP had to say about his reasons for introducing healthy eating initiatives:

"Considerable research has been undertaken which demonstrates a positive correlation between healthy living and productive working. The CIPP is expanding into new areas and it is important that our human resources are both trained and healthy. I offered all staff the opportunity to engage in a healthy living programme and this compliments the opportunity offered a few months earlier to acquire a fitbug (pedometer) to measure physical activity."

At the CIPP we conducted a 1 hour Buzz Session (workshop).  The objective of the session was to provide solid down to earth healthy eating information that people could implement immediately.  During the session we explained some of the science behind  blood sugar and how to keep ourselves feeling full and satisfied  keeping the hunger pangs at bay and blood sugar on an even keel. Importantly we identified that many people were suffering from the mid-afternoon slump and we explained what a healthy lunch and healthy snacks look like that will prevent this dip in energy and help people feel energised, alert and with a positive mood throughout the working day.

A number of CIPP employees went on to take part in our 1-2-1 personal coaching telephone programmes and the 12 week online programme.  Read what they have to say about how the programmes helped support them during their busy working day and in their personal lives,  the changes they have made to their diets and their continued healthy eating in practice.

Toni is often travelling around the country to meetings and in need of healthy food to fuel up, Toni says:

"I was fortunate in being able to undertake the six week programme with ‘The Healthy Employee’ starting the latter part of 2013.  This form of eating was a revelation to me – so easy to adopt without ever feeling hungry or having to weigh and measure food as with other diets.  This is not a diet – it is a way of changing your approach to food which works so well.  Since eating the ‘healthy way’ all my bloating has gone, my weight has dropped and I sleep better and have more energy and vitality.  I found having someone to talk to each week, really helped me.  The support was great!  All this has had good effect.  I generally feel more positive and confident which has been great for my work and social life."
Toni Green  MCIPPdip Course Operations Manager

Karen’s challenge was to include healthy energy boosting foods whilst on the go.  Karen says:

"Having been involved in the programme for 6 weeks I have learnt a great deal.  Not only what are healthy foods but Anna helped me find healthy foods that suited my work and home lifestyle.  Being on the road a lot means I don’t have the luxury of preparing homemade foods, but I have replaced “junk” with healthy and filling snacks that keep me going.  My motivation to eat well and keep well has increased dramatically but not as a temporary change but a lifestyle choice.  This was made possible having that “someone” to talk to and make sense of it all.  Thank you."
Karen Thomson MSc FCIPP Associate Director of Policy, Research, and Strategic Visibility

Peter was keen to eat healthily  to boost energy and reduce bloating with the addition of a few treats here and there.  Peter says:

"By focusing on the quality of the food I eat and avoiding highly processed products plus being aware of the amount of sugar consumed… I don’t feel so full and bloated as I used to and I have used some of the recipes provided… I have more energy and feel more alert."
Peter Jones , IT Technician

Torsten is a regular runner and athlete with a good knowledge of healthy eating.  He wanted to improve his fitness and performance which is reflected in his statement her.  Torsten says:

"The programme has helped me better understand the relationship between food and physical as well as mental performance.  I have received invaluable advice concerning diet which has helped me further improve my fitness and achieve new personal bests in athletics."
Torsten Roesler, IT Manager


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If you want to provide your staff with something new and exciting, that they’ll both enjoy and benefit greatly from and are looking for a way to boost staff energy, employee health and personal effectiveness, we can help.

If you are part of a company and would like to find out more about our healthy eating services please call 0845 533 5302.

If you are an individual and are interested in our 12 week online healthy eating programme you can find out more - here. When you're ready you can login to My Healthy Eating Programme using the login button at the top and entering the code VIP10 into the register now box. The cost of the 12 week programme for an individual is £49.99 and we have corporate rates available upon request.

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