It’s Healthy Living Week in Lambeth
Staff at NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group are joining more than 100 organisations across London to host a wide range of activities and events that promote health and wellbeing during Healthy Living Week.
Healthy Living Week, which starts on 25 September, aims to make workplaces in London healthy, inspiring places to work, where staff can join up with their colleagues to make being healthy a normal part of their day.
More than 100 organisations, teams and individuals across London have signed up to take part this year – more than double the number that signed up for the capital's first Healthy Living Week last year.
Staff at the CCG will be taking part in a range of activities this week including walking, running, table tennis and exchanging sweets and snacks for one of your five a day
Other activities being held across London include mental health resilience talks, lunchtime walks, early morning and after work Zumba and fitness classes, smoothie bikes, healthy sharing lunches as well as mindfulness sessions, smoking cessation workshops, massages and health checks.
We spend many of our waking hours at work and small, simple changes can have a big impact.
The Better Health for London report highlighted the importance of preventing ill health and includes an aspiration to make work a healthy place to be in London with an ambition to gain 1.5 million working days a year by improving employee health and wellbeing in the capital.
Supporting staff to make healthier diet choices, quit smoking or cope with stressful lives is something we can all get involved in.
Many Londoners spend long hours commuting but getting off the tube one stop earlier and walking briskly for 10 minutes every day can significantly reduce the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as reducing stress and anxiety and helping with back pain.
Our five day challenge – which includes 'Water only Wednesday' and 'Fruity Friday' - means it's not too late for you to take part in Healthy Living Week. You can also make a Healthy Living Week pledge to improve a small change to improve your health all year round. Find out more on the Healthy London Partnership website.
Co-ordinated by Healthy London Partnership on behalf of London CCGs, Healthy Living Week provides a platform for NHS organisations, hospital charities and their partners to work together and offer events and activities to staff that promote workplace health and support people to be healthy and happy.
This year we have also been encouraging non-NHS organisations in London to join Healthy Living Week with more than 50 non-NHS organisations and individuals signing up to take part.
For more information about Healthy Living Week visit www.healthylondon.org