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Business health awards


Employers that keep their workforces healthy and happy are being invited to enter this year’s National Business Awards . The government’s Health Work and Wellbeing initiative is sponsoring an award to help find the country’s best employer when it comes to ensuring the health and wellbeing of its employees and, for the first time, is sponsoring a similar award for SMEs. Businesses can enter online or by contacting the entries team on 020 7234 8751 before noon on 31 July.


Walk around the world


Companies around the UK, including Nestle and AstraZeneca, last month began taking part in a Global Corporate Challenge to encourage staff to get active and healthy. Workers are being challenged to take part in a virtual walk around the world over a period of 125 days which will run until 23 September. Although registration for this year’s event ended last month, more information can be found online.


Health champs praised


An event to praise the work of a network of workplace health champions was held in Twickenham last month. The year long Activate Your Workplace initiative by the Centre for Workplace Health, funded by Sport England, Transport for London and The London Development Agency, saw individuals being given £1,500 to set up workplace health projects in their organisation. More details can be found online.


Time out for Kellogg’s staff


Cereals giant Kellogg’s UK last month launched its annual initiative to allow its office staff to take the last afternoon of the week, usually Friday, off throughout the summer. The scheme has run regularly for the past five years and, according to the firm, was used by seven out of 10 employees last year.

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