The latest health and wellbeing news from The Health Insurance Group
Welcome to the Q3 edition of Inspire, our quarterly newsletter, designed to keep you informed about the issues that could be relevant to your business.
In this edition we look at the importance of knowing your numbers for heart health. With sleep being an essential component of maintaining good physical and mental health, we also give you tips on how to sleep better.
We often talk about absenteeism being an issue for businesses, but are presenteeism (people working when unwell) and leaveism (people working outside contracted hours or during their annual leave) the new areas we should be focussing on to avoid reduced productivity? Recent reports certainly suggest so.
Year on year, survey findings are showing a rising culture of presenteeism in UK workplaces. This means more people coming into work when they are unwell, which is not a sign of a healthy workplace.
Knowing and understanding what your own body's vital numbers are as well as how to keep them within a healthy range, can save your life and dramatically reduce your risks of developing serious health conditions.
Using this information you can take a number steps to reduce your health risk by making some easy lifestyle changes if these numbers are outside the healthy range.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a term that covers all the diseases associated with the heart and circulatory system, from those diagnosed at birth or inherited through our genes, to conditions that we develop such as heart failure, strokes,and coronary heart disease.
In the UK CVD causes about a quarter of all deaths; approximately 150,000 per year, or 420 people every day.
About a third of our lives are spent sleeping. Sleep is an essential element of life and is just as vital as breathing, drinking and eating for helping us sustain good mental and physical health.
It is vital that we have enough sleep to be able to perform well at work. Lack of sleep is known to affect memory, cognitive skills and our ability to collect and store information.