Healthy Happy Staff

Staff are core to the success of our organisation, and the wellbeing of our staff is a major priority. It is therefore important that we make the organisation a safe, secure and happy place to work.

NHS Health Scotland run an initiative called Healthy Working Lives whereby they help employers promote a safer, healthier and more motivated workforce. In 2013 the Association achieved its Gold Award which is the highest award given, and in 2017 the Gold Award was renewed.

Below is some information that we would like to share with you which may be beneficial to your own health and wellbeing:

5 HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE TOAST TOPPERS:                                                                                 

  • Give cheese on toast a miss and instead use sliced or mashed avocado to top toast or crumpets. This quick snack is rich in unsaturated, rather than saturated, fats. Try a sprinkle of seeds or chilli flakes for an extra kick. 
  • If you love sweet toppings or you’re very hungry, mashed or sliced banana is a delicious and filling addition to scones, crumpets or toast, without adding free sugars. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon or seeds for extra flavour.
  • For a healthier twist on the traditional cream tea, try topping warm scones with strawberries, blackberries or blueberries and a dollop of low-fat Greek yoghurt. It’s great on toast, too!
  • Nut butters, such as almond or peanut, are a versatile topping and are good on their own or combined with fresh fruit. Check the ingredients and choose the ones made only from nuts, without added salt, sugar or palm oil. If you have a food processor, you can blend your favourite unsalted nuts until smooth. Decorate with your favourite fruit, or with grated carrot to keep it savoury.
  • Simple to make: soak around 20g of chia seeds in four tablespoons of water, mix with 150g of your favourite berries or cherries, then blend. Decant into a jar or bowl, cover and refrigerate. The seeds provide protein without the added sugar that you usually get in jam.

 

 

 

 

 

Along with eating well, you need to Exercise Well!

 

 

Benefits of exercise

Doing regular exercise can reduce the chances of getting a serious illness such as heart disease by 50%. It can also reduce the risk of an early death by 30%.

It can boost your mood as physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. It gives you energy, helps improve the quality of your sleep and reduces the risks of becoming stressed or depressed.

It also contributes greatly to keeping you at a healthy weight and can prevent you from becoming obese. Check your Body Mass here and see if you are at a healthy weight:

http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Healthyweightcalculator.aspx

Adults should do any type of physical activity daily and should aim to achieve at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week.

Handy fitness tips:

 http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/olympics/Pages/Trainingtips.aspx

 

External Training Providers:

SHARE: http://www.share.org.uk/en/events/categories

Pitmans: http://edinburgh.pitman-training.com/train-with-us/

CIPFA: http://www.cipfa.org/training?tab=region#filters

CPAG: http://www.cpag.org.uk/training

TPAS: http://www.tpasscotland.org.uk/news-events/upcoming-events/

 

 

 

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