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Penwith Housing Association

Penwith Housing Association (PHA) part of the Devon and Cornwall Housing group is a non-profit making organisation building, improving and managing affordable housing in Cornwall.

PHA manages 6,500 rented homes across Cornwall. We support communities by providing affordable housing, working closely with residents, councils, funding agencies to make a difference to homes, places and lives.

PHA employs 123 staff.

PHA has always encouraged a healthy lifestyle and to ensure staff are involved, a Healthy Workplace Group was set up in 2010 with representatives from all offices/teams to look at ways of promoting the general wellbeing of staff including physical activity, healthy eating and mental health.

Recent activities/initiatives have included:

• Healthy Workplace intranet page set up
• flu jabs for staff
• new Corporate Eyecare scheme launched
• Stress Awareness Week activities including an Indian Head Massage workshop, Body Balance taster session and mug painting workshop
• pedometer challenge - 12 teams of 5 walking the South West Coast path from Minehead to Poole Harbour covering a total of 630 miles.

Plans for spring/summer 2011 include Sun Safe sessions, Weight Matters group, exercise taster sessions and entering a PHA team in the Beach Olympics!

PHA was awarded the Silver Healthy Workplace Award in February 2011 and is going for Gold in 2012!!!

The facts

Musculoskeletal conditions generally rise with age. The age group 50-64 are most affected by sickness absence not to mention the UK 50+ population is expected to increase by 32% between 2008 and 2030.

Unhealthy Choices

Unhealthy lifestyle choices cost the NHS, employers and indivduals £17.1billion every year, according to research from health insure and provider Bupa. 

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