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Diet swap study shows potential dangers of junk food

The BBC Health News section carried a headline that caught our eye in the Healthy Performance office this week … “”Diet swap experiment reveals junk food’s harm to guts,”  Researchers asked people to switch diets for two weeks – 20 US volunteers moved to a low-fat, high-fibre diet while 20 volunteers from rural Africa were … Read moreDiet swap study shows potential dangers of junk food

Exercise won't make much difference to your employee's health

The health pages of all of the major media outlets have gone into over drive in the last week about the report into weight loss and why scientists now believe that exercise plays an entirely trivial role in it. The report was published as an editorial in the British Medical Journal and the content appears to … Read moreExercise won't make much difference to your employee's health

Physical activity 'not key to fighting to obesity'

Being obese is all down to bad diet rather than a lack of exercise, according to a trio of doctors who have reopened the debate about whether food, sedentary lifestyles or both are responsible for the obesity epidemic. In an article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, three experts said it was time to “bust … Read morePhysical activity 'not key to fighting to obesity'

Bowel cancer not being spotted early enough

Beating Bowel Cancer, a leading charity has warned that thousands of people in England are dying from bowel cancer because their disease is spotted too late. They also found that there is a wide variation within the NHS in England in diagnosing the disease. The figures show that if every NHS region in England performed as well … Read moreBowel cancer not being spotted early enough

Obesity: Study calls for bespoke treatment rather than a 'one size fits all' approach

A news study has classified obese people into 6 distinct categories, which has led scientists to call for bespoke treatment rather than a “one size fits all” approach to tackling the epidemic.  Obesity is currently costing the National Health Service more than £6 billion a year. Researchers have identified the groups as heavy drinking males, … Read moreObesity: Study calls for bespoke treatment rather than a 'one size fits all' approach

Employee clashes in the workplace impacting on wellbeing

A third of employees in the UK (38%) have experienced some form of interpersonal conflict at work last year, according to new research from The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This this includes over a quarter of employees (29%) who have had isolated disputes or clashes and a further one in four (28%) who report … Read moreEmployee clashes in the workplace impacting on wellbeing

Employers wanting to encourage heart-healthy employees should share 7 important messages

There is interesting advice coming from the leading heart health charity on the other side of the Atlantic, the American Heart Association – they’re advising that employers who want to encourage heart-healthy behaviour by employees should share seven important messages. This message is highlighted in the association’s new guidelines for employers who want to promote heart health … Read moreEmployers wanting to encourage heart-healthy employees should share 7 important messages

Guest Blog: How to set your workstation up correctly by Posture People

Setting up your workplace correctly is not just a necessity for DSE (Display Screen Equipment) regulations, but also a way of safeguarding yourself against nasty workplaces issues such as backache, neckache and the dreaded RSI.  So here are Posture People’s top tips for making sure you are sitting right and maximising your productivity at work. … Read moreGuest Blog: How to set your workstation up correctly by Posture People

Can fasting hold the keys to weight loss and good employee health and wellbeing?

There is an interesting piece on the Daily Telegraph website this morning.  Francoise Wilhelmi de Toledo is a renowned medical director at the Buchinger Wilhelmi Clinic. A lot of focus in her role is around the management of diseases including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cancer. Inevitably, a lot of attention is around diets … Read moreCan fasting hold the keys to weight loss and good employee health and wellbeing?

Skin cancer rates rising highlights the dangers of too much sun

The Easter break has bought something that most employees in the UK will have forgotten about over the last 6 months or so – warm weather and sunshine.  With hot temperatures, it is always wise to remind staff about skin awareness.  This is particularly prevalent this week following a warning from Cancer Research UK. New … Read moreSkin cancer rates rising highlights the dangers of too much sun