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Public Health England (PHE) has released a set of health guidelines for companies in March this year.
The PHE’s 55-page health guidelines, which were developed in cooperation with outreach charity Business in the Community, urge companies to motivate their employees to adopt a healthier lifestyle. The guidelines emphasize the employers’ accountability when it comes to fostering a work environment that promotes good health habits and does not put an employee’s health at risk.
The guidelines contain specific action plans that companies can follow to promote a healthy lifestyle in the workplace. For one, companies are urged to aid employees in doing physical activities more frequently. Doing so can improve mental health and reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders, which greatly contribute to employee absences.
In addition, other parts of the guidelines highlight the importance of healthy eating and maintaining a healthy weight. Employees are encouraged to prepare their own food so that they can control what they eat and how much calories they consume. The guidelines even recommend bringing healthier alternatives like fruits and vegetables instead of cakes and other treats during special events at work.
Aside from the said guidelines, the PHE has also challenged food companies to have a 20% calorie reduction in their products by 2024. Known as the 400-600-600 tip, the challenge limits calorie intake to 400 for breakfast and 600 each for lunch and dinner. Leading businesses are now working side by side with the PHE by promoting meals that follow the said calorie count.