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Bodmin College

We had done a lot of work over a number of years to promote healthy lifestyles amongst our students and it was felt that staff could benefit from this as well. 

The Healthy Workplace award was the ideal way to do this. We set up a development group which meets once every 6 – 8 weeks with a mixture of about 10 teaching and non-teaching staff.

One of our main areas that we have focussed on is food in the canteen. We have now set up another group which focuses solely on this issue with 6 staff working on this.

cyclingRecent Health & Wellbeing activities on offer:

Visit from health professionals. Massively oversubscribed we have asked for a return visit in the Summer.

A confidential health check-up which included measures of blood pressure, percentage body fat, percentage visceral body fat and lung performance measurements.

Raising awareness about the dangers of excess alcohol consumption. It was felt that this could potentially be a problem in a stressful job such as teaching.

  • A poster campaign in staff room and toilets
  • Presentation to staff on the dangers with a summary powerpoint emailed round afterwards
  • Particular focus on the ‘Friday night binge’ and the ‘two glasses in the evening’ which we thought the main problems.

Other Recent Health & Wellbeing activities include:

Classes in the school gym dedicated to staff only. Very successful. Happens twice a week and usually about 10 staff attend. The installation of staff showers at three points around the site have helped encourage exercise at work, or running/cycling in to work.

In the future we are very excited about the workbeing done with the canteen and staff are really looking forward to the health professionals visit.

I now will stop dieting and start controlling my
weight properly. Iím going to eat sensibly and
exercise which Iím hoping will stop my weight yoyoing

- A member of Staff
Success Story

My name is Tony King and I'm part of the Maintenance Team at YMCA Cornwall.  When I first started working here, I spotted the Cycle to Work Scheme on a poster so I thought I would enquire about it.

It's very easy to set up; you can get up to £1000 which covers the cost of the bike, a lock, helmet and lights.  All you had to do was go to the bike shop and choose your bike.

Since getting my bike, I've now been cycling for the past 18 months from Hayle (to Penzance) which is 11 miles.  I feel fitter, I've lost weight and it has got me into cycling having been cycling in France and Belgium.  Next year I'm going cycling in Holland.

All in all, it's a good scheme and I would highly recommend it.


St. Austell Brewery won a gold award on their first year of taking part in the programme. Chrissie Knight, Occupational Health Manager for the brewery, commented, “Caring for and investing in the workforce has always been a priority at the Brewery and it is wonderful to gain recognition for the work that takes place at all levels to ensure that we remain an employer of choice for people in the South West, which is not only because of the opportunities that exist at many levels within the organisation, but also because of the support and benefits that exist for all employees”

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