Theme 4: Healthy Lifestyles

Smoking

What you need to do

Have a workplace smoke-free policy, which includes electronic cigarettes, and ensure the policy is adhered to.


Toolkit - National Resources

Smokefree England has guidance on policies and what employers should do.

The Government website has information with regards to smoking and the law.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has guidance for employers on smoking, including how to develop a workplace policy.

ACAS information on e-cigarettes.

 

What you need to do

Develop the risk of smoking awareness among employees by making information accessible about the risks of smoking.

Toolkit - National Resources

British Heart Foundation provides information about the risks of smoking in factsheet and booklet form.

Toolkit - Local Resources

Coventry

Healthy Lifestyles Coventry is a free support service to help you to lose weight, give up smoking, get more active, cut down on alcohol, improve your overall wellbeing and get a free NHS Health Check.

Dudley

Let's Get has a wide range of resources for the Dudley area on mental wellbeing, healthy eating, physical activity, smoking, alcohol and how to improve your overall wellbeing as well as get a free NHS Health Check.

Sandwell

Healthy Sandwell is a one-stop shop for a range of health and wellbeing services. You can also contact Healthy Sandwell by phone 0800 011 4656 or 0121 569 5100.

Walsall

One You Walsall is a healthy lifestyle service dedicated to improving health and wellbeing in Walsall which you can access via 01922 444 044.

Warwickshire

Warwickshire County Council provides guidance on mental health and wellbeing,smoking,  healthy lifestyles, school health and wellbeing, drug and alcohol support services, and how to keep yourself healthy.

Quit 4 Good provide information and support on how to quit smoking. 

Wolverhampton

City of Wolverhampton Council provides support to help stop smoking.

What you need to do

Provide and display information regarding ways to quit smoking, including local smoking cessation services.

Toolkit - National Resources

Smokefree National Helpline: 0300 123 1044 who can advise of local smoking cessation services.

NHS has a 'Stoptober' campaign which runs every year in October.

NHS Smokefree support resources including signposting to local stop smoking support services.

British Heart Foundation Provides a number of resources such as:

a quiz

worksheet 

‘I Quit’ contract

a ‘Quit date’ worksheet

Interactive poster

NHS One You has resources on the following issues; stress less, eat better, alcohol, smoking, physical activities, and sleep.

Toolkit - Local Resources

Birmingham

Birmingham City Council has information and support to help stop smoking and a directory on organisations that provide Stop smoking services.

Birmingham City Council provides information on Electronic cigarettes.

Coventry

Healthy Lifestyles Coventry is a free support service to help you to lose weight, give up smoking, get more active, cut down on alcohol, improve your overall wellbeing and get a free NHS Health Check.

Best-You Coventry is a free online self-care app and website to assist you on your journey to a healthy lifestyle. 

Dudley

Let's Get has a wide range of resources for the Dudley area on mental wellbeing, healthy eating, physical activity, smoking, alcohol and how to improve your overall wellbeing as well as get a free NHS Health Check.

Sandwell

Healthy Sandwell is a one-stop shop for a range of health and wellbeing services. We provide support and guidance to find you the right level of support to help you live your best life. Healthy Sandwell provide information and make referrals into lifestyle services, including stop smoking. You can also contact Healthy Sandwell by phone 0800 011 4656 or 0121 569 5100.

Solihull

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council provides information on a free local stop smoking service.

Walsall

One You Walsall is a healthy lifestyle service dedicated to improving health and wellbeing in Walsall which you can access via 01922 444 044.

Warwickshire

Warwickshire County Council provides guidance on mental health and wellbeing, smoking, healthy lifestyles, school health and wellbeing, drug and alcohol support services and how to keep yourself healthy.

Quit 4 Good provide information and support on how to quit smoking. 

 

Alcohol & Substance Misuse

What you need to do

Develop alcohol and substance use awareness among employees by making information accessible with regards to the risks and effects of alcohol and substance use and promote sensible drinking messages.

Toolkit - National Resources

Alcohol

NHS One You has resources on the following issues; stress less, eat better, alcohol, smoking, physical activities and sleep.

How to drink responsibly information is available from drinkaware.

British Heart Foundation guide has a guidance on alcohol.

Alcohol Concern offer workplace consultancy services including staff awareness events.

Alcohol Change has fact sheets set out with the latest evidence to help you find out more about alcohol.

The government has released a report on the impact alcohol has to those other than the drinker.

The Drink Wise, Age Well programme supported people to make healthier choices about alcohol as they age. The programme was designed to change attitudes, combat stigma, and reduce alcohol harm in the over 50s so they can live longer healthier lives. 

Substance Misuse

The NHS has information on the impact drugs has on your health.

Drugwise has information about the dangers of drugs.

Business in the Community has a toolkit on drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

Toolkit - Local Resources 

Coventry

Healthy Lifestyles Coventry is a free support service to help you to lose weight, give up smoking, get more active, cut down on alcohol, improve your overall wellbeing and get a free NHS Health Check.

Best-You Coventry is a free online self-care app and website to assist you on your journey to a healthy lifestyle.

Dudley

Let's Get has a wide range of resources for the Dudley area on mental wellbeing, healthy eating, physical activity, smoking, alcohol and how to improve your overall wellbeing as well as get a free NHS Health Check.

Sandwell

Healthy Sandwell is a one-stop shop for a range of health and wellbeing services. You can also contact Healthy Sandwell by phone 0800 011 4656 or 0121 569 5100.

Walsall

One You Walsall is a healthy lifestyle service dedicated to improving health and wellbeing in Walsall which you can access via 01922 444 044.

The Beacon - Walsall Alcohol and Substance Misuse Service - 01922 669 840.  

Toolkit - Regional Resources

A workplace poster with information signposting to a range of health and wellbeing services is available to download from The Waiting Room. The Waiting Room website covers services across Birmingham and Solihull.

CIPD provides guidance for employers and line managers on how to manage drug and alcohol misuse at work and how to manage and support employees, including advice on policy, training and links to further resources.

What you need to do
Provide and display information about how staff can access help and support for alcohol and substance misuse, including local support services and national helplines.

Toolkit - National Resources

The Waiting Room covers substance misuse services across Birmingham and Solihull.

Alcohol

NHS One You has resources on alcohol.

British Heart Foundation guide has guidance on alcohol.

Alcohol Concern offer workplace consultancy services including staff awareness events.

Alcohol Change has help and support alcohol treatment.

Substance Misuse

The NHS has information on the impact drugs has on your health.

Business in the Community has a toolkit on drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

General

NHS One You has resources on the following issues; stress less, eat better, alcohol, smoking, physical activities and sleep.

Toolkit - Local Resources

Coventry

Change Grow Live provides invaluable treatment and support to individuals struggling with drug and alcohol misuse in Coventry. Tel: 024 7601 0241 or email coventry.info@cgl.org.uk.

Coventry City Council Thrive at Work’s website has information on support available to improve wellbeing in the workplace. There is also access to an online survey.

Sandwell

Healthy Sandwell is a one-stop shop for a range of health and wellbeing services. You can also contact Healthy Sandwell by phone 0800 011 4656 or 0121 569 5100.

Walsall

One You Walsall is a healthy lifestyle service dedicated to improving health and wellbeing in Walsall which you can access via 01922 444 044.

Warwickshire

Warwickshire County Council provides guidance on mental health and wellbeing, healthy lifestyles, school health and wellbeing, drug and alcohol support services and how to keep yourself healthy.

What you need to do

Have an alcohol and substance misuse policy in place and ensure staff are aware of it.

Toolkit - National Resources

Alcohol

British Heart Foundation has guidance on alcohol.

Alcohol Change have support on how to develop an alcohol policy

CIPD provides guidance for employers and line managers on how to manage drug and alcohol misuse at work and how to manage and support employees, including advice on policy, training, and links to further resources.

Healthy Eating, Drinking & Weight

What you need to do

Develop healthy eating, drinking and weight awareness among employees by providing accessible information.

Toolkit - National Resources

The NHS has the following useful information:

Eat well information

Information on food and drink

Action on salt resources

The British Heart Foundation has the following resources:

Promoting healthy eating at work

top tips for putting healthy eating into practice in the workplace- along with a worksheet

how to plan a healthy picnic for your staff

Sugar Smart ideas for workplaces.

The British Dietetic Association has created a Thrive at Work page which includes resources that will help you fulfil this criteria and others.

For a more in depth look at promoting healthy eating, look at the Business in the Community toolkit. 

Toolkit - Local Resources

Birmingham

Birmingham City Council provides information on support for weight loss.

Birmingham City Council provides information on the importance of having an NHS Health check.

Coventry

Healthy Lifestyles Coventry is a free support service to help you to lose weight, give up smoking, get more active, cut down on alcohol, improve your overall wellbeing and get a free NHS Health Check.

Best-You Coventry is a free online self-care app and website to assist you on your journey to a healthy lifestyle.

Dudley

In Dudley, support for organisations is available from the Workplace Health Team at Dudley Council, you can email them here or phone 01384 813848. 

Let's Get has a wide range of resources for the Dudley area on mental wellbeing, healthy eating, physical activity, smoking, alcohol and how to improve your overall wellbeing as well as get a free NHS Health Check.

Sandwell

Healthy Sandwell is a one-stop shop for a range of health and wellbeing services. You can also contact Healthy Sandwell by phone 0800 011 4656 or 0121 569 5100.

Walsall

One You Walsall is a healthy lifestyle service dedicated to improving health and wellbeing in Walsall which you can access via 01922 444 044.

Warwickshire

Warwickshire Mind provide training, guidance and support including drop-in sessions. For further information you can contact them on 02477 712 288.

Warwickshire County Council provides guidance on mental health and wellbeing, healthy lifestyles, school health and wellbeing, drug and alcohol support services and how to keep yourself healthy.

One thing encourages all to get a free NHS health check.

Fitter Futures provide free 12-week programmes on weight management, physical activities and healthy lifestyles from the ages of 12 to adulthood.

Wolverhampton

City of Wolverhampton Council have a dedicated Mental Health Team who work in partnership with carers, NHS, third and independent senior organisations to ensure that a range of services are provided to help a recovery process for people with mental health needs.

What you need to do

Create a workplace environment that encourages staff to incorporate healthy eating into their daily routine.

Toolkit - National Resources

The British Dietetic Association has created a Thrive at Work page which includes resources that will help you fulfil this criteria and others.

What you need to do

Display information showing where staff and their families can access evidence-based help and support for weight management locally.


Toolkit - National Resources

NHS has information is available on weight loss plans and how your GP can assist.

Toolkit - Local Resources

Coventry

MAN v FAT Challenge is a weight loss programme for men with a BMI of 27.50 and over. This web link provides information Man Vs Fat football in Coventry.

Sandwell

Healthy Sandwell is a one-stop-shop for a range of health and wellbeing services. We provide support and guidance to find you the right level of support to help you live your best life. Healthy Sandwell provides information and makes referrals to lifestyle services, including weight management. You can visit their website here or contact them by phone at 0800 011 4656 or 0121 569 5100.

Solihull

MAN v FAT Challenge is a weight loss programme for men with a BMI of 27.50 and over. The Man Vs Fat football provides information on healthy eating.

Gateways Family Services provides information on workplace wellbeing and weight management.

Solihull Active provides information on family weight management.

Physical Activity

What you need to do

Develop physical activity awareness among employees by providing and displaying information regarding the benefits of physical activity.

Toolkit - National Resources

The NHS provides a range of resources:

NHS One You quiz

NHS One You information on physical activity

NHS suggestions to improve fitness

The British Heart Foundation has the following resources on physical activity in the workplace:

physical activity and your heart

getting active and staying active

A calendar of national health and wellbeing events is available from the NHS Employers.

Business in the Community has a toolkit promoting physical activity.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing app, developed by Somerset Public Health, helps people improve their well-being through everyday activities.

The Activity Alliance- Organisation that supports and promotes sport for people with disabilities. Helps you find activities to suit the individual if you are disabled.

Benefit From Activity website – tailored exercise for a range of medical conditions.

What you need to do

Develop physical activity awareness among employees by providing and displaying information about local physical activity groups and information about local walking/cycling groups and activities.

Toolkit - National Resources

The British Heart Foundation has the following resources on physical activity in the workplace:

‘Be active’ challenge

'Stair climb’ challenge!

Benefit From Activity website – The information for this patient site has been taken from the RCGP fact sheets with the medical jargon removed. With the same evidenced information. it means information is synergistic between health professional and public.

This Girl Can is a national campaign developed by Sport England and partners to inspire women to move more and prove that judgement is a barrier which can be overcome.

The MIND Get Set to Go programme provides tips, stories and support to help people with mental health conditions get active.

 

Walking

You can use the following website links for walking routes near you:

The Ramblers

Walk it

Walking Britain

Walk4life

Walk Unlimited

‘Dr maps’

Walking for Health- England’s network of walking schemes

Let’s Walk Cymru- Wales network of walking schemes

Paths for All- Scotland’s network of walking schemes

Walk NI- Northern Ireland’s network of walks and groups

The Daily Mile - Encourages school children to become active

Running

NHS- Find a run or race near you tool.

Couch to 5k is a 9-week course of training podcasts starting course from sedentary

Parkrun is a local free weekly 5km runs around the UK in parkland.

Goodgym is a community of runners that combines getting fit with carrying out tasks for the community.

Cycling

Events are run by British Cycling

Find a local bike ride or group using the Let’s Ride website

Sustrans- The cycle charity promotes cycling as a healthier, cleaner, and cheaper mode of transport. It provides advice and cycle routes available by a postcode search including National Cycle Routes which you can access.

Toolkit - Local Resources

Birmingham

Sport Birmingham - Activities

Coventry

The following web links provide information on how to be more active in the Coventry area:

Think Active

Physical Activity

Cycling

Coventry on the move   

Sandwell

The following web links provide information on how to become more active in the Sandwell area:

Sandwell Leisure Trust

West Bromwich Leisure Centre

Walk Finder tool

Cycling

Solihull

Solihull Active provides information on sporting and physical activity opportunities in the Solihull area.

Walsall 

Go Walsall provides information about community health programmes in Walsall.

Warwickshire

Fitter Futures provide free 12-week programmes on weight management, physical activities and healthy lifestyles from the ages of 12 to adulthood.

Warwickshire County Council have a directory on sport and leisure activities in your local community.

Wolverhampton

 

City of Wolverhampton Council - Sports Clubs ad Coaching

Active Black Country

Toolkit - Regional Resources

The following web links provide information about sporting organisations and activities across the Midlands.

Together Active Staffordshire and Stoke - Club Finder

Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire – Activities 

CSW sport is a charity working with partners to support more people in Coventry, Solihull, and Warwickshire to be more active more often.

What you need to do

Use signage or other innovative means to encourage physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour.

Toolkit - National Resources 

The British Heart Foundation has the following resources on physical activity in the workplace:

 

how to plan a healthy picnic for your staff

 

 

Toolkit - Local Resources

Birmingham

 

Organisations Team Working and Corporate Social Responsibility

 

Toolkit - Regional Resources

A workplace poster with information signposting to a range of health and wellbeing services is available to download from The Waiting Room. The Waiting Room website covers services across Birmingham and Solihull.

The National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine has resources on being active for all ages.

Active Travel

What you need to do

Develop active travel awareness among employees by displaying journey planning information promoting alternative methods of getting to work - walking, cycling and public transport.


Toolkit - National Resources
 

Network West Midlands have produced a document on ‘Helping you deliver successful travel plans’ for the West Midlands and beyond.

The Starley Network pulls together existing routes and towpaths, proposed new cycling infrastructure, and new pop-up lanes funded through the Emergency Active Travel Fund. Local authorities have worked closely with Transport for West Midlands to link their local cycling plans into a region-wide network for the first time, showcasing the true scope of the future cycling network. 

Walking/cycling

Take part in the UK's biggest cycle commuting event Cycle to Work Day

Public transport

Information regarding local and national public transport can be found on the  Traveline website. 

Toolkit - Local Resources

Birmingham

The following web link has information on:

 

Public transport

 

Dudley

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council has information about road safety for residents in Dudley. 

Sandwell

Cycle map from Travelwise – Hard copies can be obtained by calling 0121 569 4889.

Solihull

Get a disabled person's travel pass

 

Warwickshire

The following web links provide information on active travel and cycling in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Wolverhampton

City of Wolverhampton Council Cycle Routes provides information about cycling in Wolverhampton.

 

What you need to do

Promote active travel and public transport to get to and from external
meetings and events.

Toolkit - National Resources

Network West Midlands have produced a document on ‘Helping you deliver successful travel plans’ for the West Midlands and beyond.

The Starley Network pulls together existing routes and towpaths, proposed new cycling infrastructure, and new pop-up lanes funded through the Emergency Active Travel Fund. Local authorities have worked closely with Transport for West Midlands to link their local cycling plans into a region-wide network for the first time, showcasing the true scope of the future cycling network.

Public transport

Information regarding local and national public transport can be found on the  Traveline website. 

Toolkit - Local Resources

 

Solihull
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has information on Walking 

 

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