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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
Costs of Ill Health

In 2006 around 175 million working days were lost due to illness and it is estimated that the annual economic costs of sickness absence and worklessness is over £100 billion.  (Working for a healthier tomorrow, Department of Health, March 2008). 

Sickness Absence

Depending on the context, workers who are off work for between 4 - 12 weeks have a 10-40% risk of being off work at one year

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