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Scilly Stress Relievers

yogaWe are all aware of the benefits that physical activity can have on the body and mind. As a result the Council of the Isles of Scilly’s Health and Wellbeing team have strived to work closely with staff during 2011 to offer taster sessions of stress relieving initiatives to encourage an improved take up of fitness activities.

Both Yoga and Swimming were organised as introductory options and an encouraging take up of sessions was seen amongst the Authority staff members.

The interest in fitness activity hasn’t stopped there, from a survey that was carried out following these taster sessions the Council of the Isles of Scilly is soon to launch the Cycle to Work Scheme for the first time on the islands, and the initial response from staff members to this idea has been overwhelmingly positive.

It’s all go, go, go, from here!

swimming pool

The free pool time encouraged me to take up swimming again and
I really enjoyed the yoga, more please!

- Authority staff members
Physical Activity

Physical activity programmes at work have been found to reduce absenteeism by up to 20%: physically active workers take 27% fewer sick days. (Start Active, Stay Active)

Health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace

In the United Kingdom during 2013–2014 an estimated 1.2 million people who worked during the last
year were suffering from an illness (long-standing as well as new cases) they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work. Half a million of these appear to be new conditions which started during the year. 

 

Health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace
A Britain’s Healthiest Company summary report
Marco Hafner, Christian van Stolk, Catherine Saunders, Joachim Krapels and Ben Baruch

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