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A short animated film produced for Rochdale Council about the 5 Ways to Wellbeing. Animation company Kilogramme worked with Rochdale teenagers to explore what the 5 ways to wellbeing mean to them, using their lives and their ideas.
The North West Healthy Living Network has completed a piece of research on how their portfolio of 19 projects has developed people's social and personal wellbeing assets. The research has created a substantial evidence base demonstrating that wellbeing projects can improve health behaviours. It also points to the importance of building wellbeing assets in order to achieve and maintain positive health and wellbeing.
If you're an avid sports fan or player, you're all too familiar with the inevitable heartbreak that comes with the love of your team. You can easily get lost in the game. Your team's losses are your losses. Their errors are your errors. Despite these "lows," research suggests that both playing and watching sports ultimately really do make us happier. We love rooting for the underdogs. Not to mention that getting involved with a team as a kid can help with depression risk and low self-esteem. Happify, a website and app dedicated to helping people build skills for happiness through science-based activities and games, broke down all the ways sports can benefit our lives, in this infographic.
Looking after your wellbeing helps you get the most out of life. Exercise and physical activity play a crucial role in how you feel about yourself and life.Whatever your age, the benefits of an active lifestyle can soon be felt. This booklet explains why exercise is important, suggests how you can get started and stay motivated.
This report presents evidence to build the case for improving the play opportunities of children and young people. Its focus is on children of school age, and on free play that takes place out of doors. It looks at quantitative evidence of the wider outcomes and impact of play interventions and initiatives. Hence it complements rather than duplicates other recent policy reviews. The report looks at four types of intervention that each involve setting aside time and space for children to play: improving opportunities for free play in school break times, unstaffed public play facilities, supervised out-of-school play provision and street play initiatives. The vast majority of relevant studies and evaluations of interventions focus on play in school. However, findings from school-based studies have wider relevance, so this report also draws wider conclusions from these findings. Playground break time initiatives are amongst the most promising interventions for improving levels of physical activity, as shown by a number of recent authoritative systematic reviews. They are also linked to a range of improvements in academic skills, attitudes and behaviour, and to improved social skills, improved social relations between different ethnic groups, and better adjustment to school life.
A global analysis of how organisations are implementing wellness initiatives to create long-term employee health behavior change. The Global Corporate Challenge surveyed health and wellness managers from 378 organisations across all continents and a broad spectrum of industries including: Government, FMCG, Banking, Accounting, I.T, Manufacturing, Mining and more to deliver an in-depth analysis of the current state of workplace health and wellness. Changing health behaviours for the long-term is critical to reducing the developed world’s soaring obesity rate, incidence of chronic disease and their fiscal and cultural impact to organizations. This report provides insight on how organizations are approaching long-term health behavior change and highlights the key successes and challenges these 378 organisations face in the workplace today. The opinions and experiences shared provide a comprehensive global analysis of workplace health and wellness, with key insights for organizations to consider for their strategy and implementation of wellness initiatives.
Workforce health plays a key role for the City of London in maintaining quality of life for its workforce and a competitive business environment. Evidence suggests that a healthy workforce is more productive and has lower turnover. The need to prioritise employee health and wellbeing is a key consideration that benefits both individuals and businesses and the wider economy. This research looks at the range of workplace health and wellbeing interventions that organisations are using to retain their competitive advantage in a challenging economic environment. It investigates the published evidence for best practice in workplace health promotion, and explores, through interviews, how this relates to the real-life experiences of large financial and professional services firms in the City. The research focuses on four areas of good practice: health promotion and wellness programmes, mental wellbeing, back pain and musculoskeletal health, and individual vs. organisational approaches.
One of the most important roles a trade union can play is to ensure the welfare, health and safety of its members. For nearly two hundred years this has been one of the 'added values' of trade union organisation. Independent academic evidence shows that trade union safety representatives can make the workplace twice as safe as those workplaces that don't recognise a union.
We shouldn’t underestimate the vast importance of fathers in children’s lives, not only because children ‘need and love their dads’ , but also because of the significant impact that fathers have on the social, cognitive, emotional and physical well-¬‐being of children from infancy to adolescence and with lasting influences into their adult life. This summary of evidence is based on a review of literature to parenting and children more generally, the review focused on evidence relating specifically to the influence of fathers and father figures.
Research shows that exercise influences the release and uptake of chemicals in the brain that make you feel good. This booklet is a pocket guide to using physical activity to boost your wellbeing. From simple daily changes like walking for twenty minutes or tending your garden to running a marathon, physical activity can significantly improve your quality of life. Download the free guide for more information on how physical activity improves wellbeing and advice on where to start.