Health and wellbeing is all about ensuring the physical and
mental health of working age people.
There is growing evidence that health, work and well-being are
closely related and as such should be addressed together.
Why is it important?
The 2006 report 'Is work good for your health and well-being?'
(Gordon Waddell, A Kim Burton. 2006) found that work is
usually good for people's health. People in work are generally
healthier, and returning to work from unemployment improves health.
These positive effects apply to all age groups.
While some work can present a risk to health "and these risks
need to be carefully managed" far more people gain health benefits
from work than are negatively affected by it.
What can I do?
Avon Partnership NHS Occupational Health Services works with
employers and staff to develop and deliver Health & Wellbeing
programmes that supports the physical and emotional wellbeing of
the individuals and the health of the organisation.
If you would like more advice about what you can to improve your
own health and wellbeing, or that of others around you, please
visit http://www.dwp.gov.uk/health-work-and-well-being/. Here
you can find advice and information for individuals, employers and
The Change4Life website offers practical advice on
how you and our family can get fit and eat well. There are tools
and guides as to what changes you can make for a healthier diet and
cut down on your calorie intake and also a search facility to look
for activities happening in your area that you can take part
Further information can be found on the NHS
Choices website. This includes interactive tools where you can
check if you are a healthy weight and receive daily fitness tips,
plus much more.