Health and wellbeing in the public sector

Leo Varadkar has come out to say the public sector are looking to improve the health of the employees. This is especially important for the department of health as a leader in this area.

Below is a quote from the Minister,

“It’s well established that a healthy workforce is a happier one with low levels of sick leave and greater productivity,” Mr Varadkar said.

“So this approach makes pure business sense too for the public and private sectors. We are putting this on a statutory basis to send a clear message that we mean business in improving the nation’s health. A similar approach was taken with health and safety statements years ago which have helped to reduce dramatically the rates of workplace injuries and deaths,” he added

With this in mind has your company started thinking about what it can and should do for its staff?

Weekly Health Tip

Parents

Have regular family meals. Knowing dinner is served at approximately the same time every night and that the entire family will be sitting down together is comforting and enhances appetite. Families who spend 6 hours a week together has been shown to improve behaviour in teenagers. Breakfast is another great time for a family meal, especially since kids who eat breakfast tend to do better in school. Rushing your breakfast will make for a more stressful day.

Cook more meals at home. Eating home cooked meals is healthier for the whole family and sets a great example for kids about the importance of food. Restaurant meals tend to have more fat, sugar, and salt and are meant to be for special occasions only.

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