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Employees get more help to quit smoking and get active

Employee illness costs employers - and the country - a small fortune and to try to combat this, the Government is working with businesses through the 'Public Health Responsibility Deal' to help make the population healthier. So far, 285 organisations have signed up to be part of the programme.
The programme wants to influence the food, alcohol, physical activity and health habits of employees in the workplace and is offering guidance through a website.
Companies are being encouraged to get their staff to use online tools such as NHS Lifecheck - www.nhs.uk/lifecheck - to help improve their health and well being. They will also be asked to encourage their employees to take part in more formal screening programmes.
 
Earlier this summer, guides were also published to help employers and managers help people with long term conditions. These can be found at:
 
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/workplacehealth/Documents/ChronicConds_Employees_Factsheet_A4.pdf

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/workplacehealth/Documents/ChronicConds_LineManagers_Factsheet_A4.pdf

This was first published in October 2011

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