Welcome to #FlourishAtWork

We want our staff to flourish - we would go so far as to say it is our most important job. The evidence is clear; improving the health and wellbeing of healthcare staff can improve the outcomes for patients. But just as important as the evidence, is that it’s just the right thing to do – to treat our staff well and help them be the best they can be.

It’s been more than a year since we launched Flourish at Work to support our staff to improve their health and wellbeing. We kicked off with Move More - our initiative aimed at supporting all of us to be more physically active - and we kept up the pace with the launch of Nourish Yourself, our programme to help support us all to eat more healthily. This was followed by our Be Mindful campaign, which encouraged all us to think about how our experiences and thoughts influence how we feel and act.

Right from the start members of staff, from across all our sites and departments, responded magnificently by making and keeping all kinds of pledges to get involved in our activities, such as our successful attempt to walk around the world together (a target of 50 million steps that we beat by more than 15 million) and our healthy recipe competition where the winner got to cook their entry at the Skylight restaurant at the RLI.

We’re determined to continue to build on all of this good work and have lots of new activities planned for this year to encourage our staff to be as healthy and happy as they can be.

To see the Flourish 2018/19 campaign plan click here

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We are calling on all staff to move more!

The NHS recommends that to stay healthy, adults aged between 19-64 should do at least 150 minutes of exercise a week, which can include running or walking.

As part of the Move More section of the #FlourishAtWork campaign, we are hosting Nordic walking sessions for UHMBT staff throughout August.

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Our Nourish campaign aims to encourage everyone to understand the importance of eating a healthy and balanced diet.

As part of this, and in the spirit of the NHS’ 70th anniversary year, we will be challenging 100 members of staff to collectively lose 70 stone over 12 weeks! That works out at around 10lbs per staff member.

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Creating some headspace in a busy and complex world

Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing.

Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. UHMBT want to support staff to take some straightforward steps to develop it in their own lives.

Professor Mark Williams, former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, says that mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment.

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The figures are shocking. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the UK's biggest killer, causing around 73,000 deaths every year.

It would be mistake to think that it just kills older people, Around 23,000 people under the age of 75 die from CHD in the UK each year, and most of these deaths are preventable. There are plenty of simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of heart disease.

The Flourish campaigns have been designed around helping our staff to help themselves to have a healthy heart.  There are a number of factors that can increase the risk of developing CHD, but all of us can do more to reduce the chances, such as:

• quitting smoking
• maintaining a healthy weight
• eating a healthy, balanced diet
• keeping active

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Make a pledge

As part of our #FlourishAtWork campaign, we want to challenge all UHMBT staff to do something to improve their health and wellbeing during 2018. This could be anything from giving up an unhealthy habit or setting yourself a yearlong goal.

Pledges are a great way of setting goals for yourself. You can pledge to do absolutely anything that you think will make a positive change to your lifestyle, whether it be giving up smoking, taking up a new sport, losing weight or making sure you walk at least 10,000 steps per day. Pledging your commitment will help motivate you towards making positive changes to your lifestyle, and what better time to do it than at the start of a new year?

The #FlourishAtWork team will keep in touch with you throughout the year to see how you are getting on with your pledge and support you if you need it.

So what are you waiting for? What can you change in your life that will make you healthier, stronger and make you feel better? The time to change is now so make your pledge by completing the form below.

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