Being overweight and obese has its roots in many chronic illnesses (heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure etc), which can have a direct impact on absenteeism and lack of productivity within the workplace (Suhrcke, McKee et al. 2006).
As part of the new Weight Management services in Milton Keynes, a Healthy Weight in the Workplace programme; Shape Up 4 Business, is now available to support businesses in Milton Keynes with any weight management issues that they may have. The main aim of Shape Up 4 Business is to provide companies with a professional weight management service which is tailored to suite the needs of your business and employees. In-order to maintain long term success the scheme builds a weight management strategy within the company and creates a ‘health’ culture throughout the workforce.
The service follows 2 key objectives
The objective of ‘Shape up 4 Business’ is to motivate the workforce through offering an informative programme which is tailored to their profession & held within their workplace.
The programme consists of a 10 week group programme, 1:1 pre-course assessment and post course evaluation. The 10 week programme starts with an initial introduction, before covering all aspects of weight management, including nutrition, diet topics, physical activity, practical exercise sessions and home exercise plan.
The long term vision of the Healthy Weight in the Workplace programme is to build a ‘healthy infrastructure’ within businesses in Milton Keynes. This plan includes training staff to continue the service, act as peers, to assist their fellow employees to sustain long term behvaiour change. All companies that have run the Shape up 4 Business programme will have trained staff to help support the rest of the workforce.
If you own or manage a business within Milton Keynes and would like to find out how you can provider your employees with an educational and empowering workshops to support their healthy lifestyle then contact the Why Weight team on 01908 046 380 or email [email protected]