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Keeping the heart of your company in business

High blood pressure affects as many 16 million people in the UK today. As it’s usually symptomless it often goes undetected and left untreated, it can lead to serious conditions like heart attacks and stroke. An increasing number of businesses are developing supportive working environments and promoting healthier lifestyles to keep themselves and their staff in business. Read our guide below and you’ll find out how a couple of small steps can make a big difference when it comes to looking after your blood pressure.

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Dr Chris Tomkins, Head of Personal Health Risk Management talks about ‘Monitor Me’ on Horizon

Last night’s ‘Monitor Me’ programme by Horizon was a great wake up call to those not aware of the dramatic change medicine will experience in the future, but how does this affect us and our employees right now?

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Top health tips for business trips

Keeping healthy during a busy day at work can be tricky, but when you need to travel long distances for your business then it can be made even more challenging.

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Help your staff stay sun smart

Thunderstorms may have swept the UK last week but the hot weather is set to make a return, and for those working outside the subsequent risk of too much UV radiation can be significant. In fact, outdoor workers receive on average 3 to 4 times more UV exposure each year than people who work indoors.

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Making your work force ‘fit to age’

We’ve heard lots about the need for people to prepare financially for old age but what about the need to be ready physically, what I refer to as being ‘fit to age’. By 2020, over a third of the workforce will be over 50. As the default retirement age increases, employees’ health will become the key issue. Not all companies are prepared for this fact.

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Heart health – Top tips for your workforce

It is ever more important to promote physical wellbeing in the workplace. Heart and circulatory disease is the UK’s single biggest killer – over one in three people die from it – so following on from our recent blog on managing employee heart health, here are our four top tips to keep your workforce fighting fit. You’ll find that it’s the littlest things that can make the biggest difference.

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Beware bad teeth at work – unless you’re the boss!

We’ve published research this week that certainly suggests there is a significant risk that poor oral hygiene and dental health would adversely affect a decision to promote an employee, according to almost half (44%) of SME decision-makers surveyed. What’s more, a further 48% of these decision-makers of small and medium sized businesses have worryingly highlighted that poor dental health or hygiene does indeed have a negative effect on their decision to do business with others.

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Addressing heart health in the workplace

Despite recent improvements in treatment, heart disease and its associated conditions is still the UK’s biggest killer, and costs the economy around £19 billion a year in both healthcare and lost production. Heart attacks and strokes are among the major causes of long-term sickness and absence from work.

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Don’t miss the Healthcare Insurance and Group Risk Protection event

On 5 June, the most influential people in our industry are gathering to share their experience and future thoughts on the healthcare insurance industry in a one-day event. Created by the sister company of the HI Magazine and sponsored by AXA PPP healthcare, the Healthcare Insurance and Group Risk Protection conference will take a look at the proposed NHS reforms, discuss the future of private healthcare insurance, and give practical advice on how to drive your business forward.

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Mind webinar to address mental wellbeing and employee engagement

Recent research from Mind, the mental health charity, has revealed that work has become the most stressful factor in modern life, eclipsing both financial problems and ill health. More people are turning to alcohol and drugs as a coping mechanism than ever before, and yet a culture of fear and silence about stress and mental health issues in the workplace.

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