7 top tips to holding a heart health event

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Running a workplace wellbeing event is a great way of promoting new and existing wellbeing initiatives in your organisation. It’ll help raise the profile of your Health at Work programme, get people involved in the activities on offer and show staff that the organisation is investing in them.

To help you run your own event, here’s our list of top tips for organising a workplace health event:

1. Decide on your focus

Do you want to promote a particular topic, e.g. stress or getting active, or are you looking to promote heart health in general? This will depend on what you’ve done in the past and identifying what staff at your organisation want to know more about?

2. Gain support

Think about who can support your event. Getting management involved lets staff know that workplace wellbeing is a priority. Staff at all levels can help get the word out and volunteers and Wellbeing Champions will help lighten the load of organising the event.

3. Look at the logistics

Decide where to hold your event early on and make sure you choose a date that allows time to prepare and implement your vision. It’s also worth being mindful of including staff who work shifts or part-time and try to plan events around the school holidays.

4. Get in the experts

Our Health and Wellbeing days are the perfect way to inform and inspire your workforce through fun and interactive sessions with experts from the British Heart Foundation. Prices start from £1,800.

5. Highlight what’s already available

It’s easy to get carried away with new initiatives but don’t forget to promote your existing policies and activities. New starters may not be aware of what’s on offer or established staff may have forgotten. It’s a good idea to have some printed copies of wellbeing policies on the day to refer to.

6. Include free taster sessions

Promote activities based on the focus of the event e.g. for stress run mindfulness sessions and massage slots or for physical activity promote gym membership trials and walking trails near your workplace. Try to include activities which you think will appeal to a range of people and get external partners involved if you don’t know what’s available e.g. County Sports Partnership Network (England only), leisure centres and other charities for information.

7. Help us fight for every heartbeat

Why not use your event and activities to raise money for our life saving heart research? Staff could make a voluntary donation to attend one of the taster sessions or take part in a quiz about what they have learnt as a result of the event.

Resources for your event

Download our How to hold a launch event factsheet and Workplace health event guide for more advice on planning your event.

For promotional resources use our Health at Work posters and resources catalogue.

For all the latest resources on heart conditions, treatments and prevention resources take a look at the British Heart Foundations publications pages.

Most of our resources are free but we welcome voluntary donations to help support our life saving research. You can order resources for you or someone online, or call the BHF orderline on 0870 600 6566, or email [email protected]

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