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18 March 2008 PR 08/35

Loughborough University team to tackle health of local businesses

A employee-focused corporate lifestyle service at Loughborough University is ready to help achieve targets set out in a radical national report unveiled this week by National Director for Health and Work Dame Carol Black.

Working for a Healthier Tomorrow - the country’s first ever review into the health of the working age population - calls for urgent and comprehensive reform and a new approach to health and work in Britain, focused on preventative action rather than cure.

It reports that ill health costs the country £100 billion a year through an estimated 175m sick days and urges employers to offer more support to staff including healthy lifestyle promotion and access to occupational health teams.

Loughborough University’s Lifestyle Service is already working with local businesses to provide employee health assessments, healthy living workshops and tailored individual advice, and University Lifestyle Service Advisor Beth Hanson expects demand for the services to increase in light of this week’s report.

“At Loughborough we’ve recognised for some time now the importance of helping employers encourage their workforce to become more healthy,” she said. “Educating staff about health risks and helping them to manage their own health better has multiple benefits for the individuals involved as well as their employers.

“Not only can programmes like ours reduce absenteeism and improve the ability to return to work after illness, but they can also help increase productivity, improve morale and health, aid staff retention and reduce workplace injuries. We’re delighted Dame Carol’s report has put employee well-being under the national spotlight and we hope to be able to help more businesses in the region as a result.”

The Loughborough Lifestyle Service has a wide range of programmes available to employers including on-site assessments, staff workshops, cholesterol and blood pressure tests, healthy building audits and wider lifestyle advice.

For details of the programmes log onto http://www.loughboroughsport.com/lifestyle or contact Beth on 01509 226757 or lifestyle@lboro.ac.uk


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  1. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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