Satisfaction with life: The UK government’s bid to measure happiness

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

The UK government recently announced plans to “measure happiness” in the country, at an apparent cost of £2 million. The Prime Minister’s argument for this being that GDP is too crude a measure for the achievements of a nation or, more likely, a government dealing in deficit reduction. In the last couple of days the ONS announced what questions would be included in the ‘happiness survey’, with the key question being one of...

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150 minutes of exercise a week could prolong your life expectancy by more than three years

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Following today’s study from The University of Maryland, which found a one off 30 minute exercise session can ward of cardiovascular disease, Vitality has found that by going one step further and increasing your activity to the Government recommended 150 minutes a week, could prolong your life expectancy by more than three years. Key findings: Making small improvements and behaving as an ‘Everyday Athlete’ can improve life span by more than...

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Unhealthy employees costing British firms over one month a year in lost productivity

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Public Health | 0 comments

British employers are losing on average 27.5 days of productive time per employee each year as unhealthy employees take more time off sick and under perform in the office as a result of ill-health (otherwise known as presenteeism). This is equivalent to each worker losing more than an entire working month of productive time annually. When translated into monetary terms the combination of this absence and presenteeism is costing the UK economy...

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National charity Sense calls for urgent investment into social care

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Public Health | 0 comments

The national disability charity Sense has repeated its call for urgent government investment into social care. The action follows today’s report from the National Audit Office (NAO), which revealed that the ‘Better Care Fund’, designed to incentivise the integration of health and social care and deliver better outcomes or patients and service users, has failed to meet its first year targets 2015/16. The NAO report shows that demand for health...

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Social prescribing is a missed opportunity to help people into meaningful work

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Public Health | 0 comments

Social prescribing is missing an opportunity to help people with long-term health conditions into meaningful work, Work Foundation report finds. The new report from the Work Foundation – part of Lancaster University – promotes this in supporting clients with long-term health conditions back into meaningful work, arguing that the services need to play a far greater part in achieving this goal. Social Prescribing: A Pathway to Work? found that...

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