Praise for Well at Work

14 November 2014        

Two people running down a forest path

A national programme led by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to improve health and wellbeing in UK workplaces has been recognised as one of the best in the country in a new report.

The BHF’s [email protected] programme was selected from almost 1,000 applications as one of a handful of schemes to be included in a new report by Public Health England on physical activity projects in the UK.

The report identifies the best projects in the UK which demonstrate good or promising practice in increasing levels of physical activity in local communities.

The [email protected] programme was a national health initiative carried out in collaboration with the Department of Health, Sport England and the Big Lottery Fund to raise awareness of the importance of healthy eating and physical activity in the workplace.

The three-year pilot project paved the way for the BHF’s current Health at Work programme which has been running for over 10 years, supporting over 9,000 employees in the UK on physical activity, healthy eating, mental wellbeing and stop smoking initiatives.

By encouraging employers to champion the health of their workforce we have the potential to dramatically improve the nation’s heart health.

The Workplace Challenge, led by the County Sports Partnership Network which the BHF is also a key partner on, has also been commended in the report.

Ceri Jones, our Head of Heart Health Resources and Community Support, said: “We are absolutely delighted that two major projects which we have worked hard on and invested in have been recognised in this way.

“By encouraging employers to champion the health and wellbeing of their workforce we have the potential to dramatically improve the nation’s heart health and help everyone live longer, healthier lives.

“It has been a huge success, but there is still a lot of work to be done if we are to get the whole of UK’s workforce fighting fit and healthy.”