Healthy Working Lives

In conjunction with the Healthy Working Lives calendar of national health and wellbeing campaigns a selection of events to promote employee wellbeing are detailed below:-

January 2022

Dry January (1-31)

Dry January is the UK’s alcohol-free challenge. It isn’t about giving anything up, it’s about getting something back. Get your fun back, get your energy back, get your calm back. Get your YOU back.

To take part or find out more visit Alcohol Change UK.

Love Your Liver is the British Liver Trust’s national awareness campaign giving people the key steps needed to keep their liver healthy. For more information or to participate in the free online screener visit the British Liver Trust. 

East Dunbartonshire Councils Drug, Alcohol and Substance Misuse Policy and associated toolkit can be found on the Employee Zone.
 

Brew Monday (17)

This Brew Monday, Samaritans is reminding everyone to reach out for a cuppa and a catch-up with the people you care about. The third Monday in January is sometimes referred to as ‘the most difficult day of the year’ but the Samaritans are trying to change this myth, recognising we all have our good and our bad days. So instead of Monday being ‘blue’ reach out and connect with family, friends, colleagues and loved ones – we can always make time for a cuppa and a catch-up. It doesn’t matter if it’s Monday morning or Saturday night, or if you’re drinking green tea, black coffee or orange juice. If you’re sharing a cuppa and listening, you’re doing it right. For more information visit Samaritans

Need support? Call 116 123 to speak to a Samaritan

Further support around employee wellbeing can be accessed via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the Council hub.

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (17-23)

#CervicalCancerPreventionWeek

In conjunction with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust join us to raise awareness of cervical screening. One in four women and people with a cervix don’t attend cervical screening and we want to change that. However cervical cancer prevention doesn’t stop at screening. We want everyone to have the information and support they need.

To get involved with the campaign or simply find out more visit Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone.

 

December 2021

World AIDS Day (1)

#RockTheRibbon

National AIDS Trust is committed to stopping new cases of HIV, securing the rights of people living with HIV, and fighting HIV stigma and discrimination.  World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988.  Each year, Organisations and individuals across the world bring attention to the HIV epidemic, endeavour to increase HIV awareness and knowledge, speak out against HIV stigma, and call for an increase response to move towards ending the HIV epidemic. To donate or simply find out more visit https://www.worldaidsday.org/

Further support around employee wellbeing can be accessed via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the hub.

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone:

November 2021

Movember (1-30)

Movember, the month formerly known as November, is when men around the world grow a moustache, and women step up to support them, all to raise awareness and funds for men’s health - specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Visit https://uk.movember.com/ to sign up, donate or find out more information.

Talk Money Week (8-12)

Talk Money Week is an annual campaign to get the nation talking about money… from pocket money right through to pensions. For information on Financial Wellbeing and talk money week visit: https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone/wellbeing/financial-wellbeing   https://www.maps.org.uk/talk-money-week/

Scotwest Credit Union also have some helpful bite size information around saving, borrowing, mortgages and online banking click on the link to watch the youtube clips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxV7ZLwRfFqG3SUhVTYUMPkt4-G0NdtKZ or to find out more information click the Scotwest link: https://www.scotwest.co.uk/

Alcohol Awareness Week (15-21)

Alcohol Awareness week is a chance for the UK to get thinking about drinking.  A week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more. 

This year’s theme is Alcohol and Relationships.  Alcohol and relationships are closely linked.  Many of us associate alcohol and socialising, and alcohol can become a big part of our connections and interactions with those around us.  But when our own or a loved one’s drinking starts to negatively affect our relationships, or stands in the way of us taking action on our own drinking, it can have a huge impact on our lives.

Research shows that many of us have found ourselves drinking more to deal with feelings of loneliness and isolation during the pandemic.  As we leave lockdown and return to normal life there will be new pressures too – pressures to drink, ‘sober shaming’, and pressures we put on ourselves to get back to ‘normal’ socialising.

For more information or get involved visit the Alcohol Change website:

https://alcoholchange.org.uk/get-involved/camp https://www.womensaid.org.uk/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3saklebY8wIVmPhRCh2TzgknEAAYAiAAEgJU_PD_BwEaigns/alcohol-awareness-week-1/about-alcohol-awareness-week

16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence (25 November – 10 December)

16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence is aimed at businesses to support them to take action against domestic abuse and violence.  Spanning across 16 days from 25 November, a theme will be identified each day to explore the various forms of domestic violence. In doing so, the workplace will be better equipped to acknowledge the signs that indicate it may be going on. For more information visit: https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/16-days-of-action-against-domestic-violence-2021/

#DeserveToBeHeard

Women’s Aid is a grassroots federation working across the UK to provide life-saving services and build a future where domestic abuse is not tolerated. Women’s Aids new campaign calls for recognition of the impact that domestic abuse has on the mental health of women and their children.  For more information or to join the campaign visit the Women’s Aid website: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3saklebY8wIVmPhRCh2TzgknEAAYAiAAEgJU_PD_BwE

More information can be found in the Domestic Abuse policy which can be found on the HUB or the Employee Zone: https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/domestic-abuse-policy

Further support around employee wellbeing can be accessed via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the intranet.

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone:

https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone/wellbeing

Further information can be found in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone website https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone/wellbeing

October 2021

Stoptober (1-28 October)

Stoptober: the 28-day stop smoking challenge.  Are you thinking of quitting smoking?  Research has shown that if you quit for 28 days, you’re 5 times more likely to quit for good. The NHS offers a range of support services to help you stop smoking. The Stoptober app (available on the App Store and Google Play) shows you how much you’re saving and you can subscribe to get a daily email to boost your motivation.  You can also join the stop smoking community or receive more personal support.

Don’t forget your local NHS Stop Smoking Services are free, friendly and can massively boost your chances of quitting for good.  You GP, asthma nurse or pharmacist can advise you how to get started, talk to you about treatments like nicotine patches, and check your current medication.

For more information visit the British Lung Foundation website https://www.blf.org.uk/take-action/campaign-with-us/stoptober or contact them on the helpline - 03000 030 555

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (1- 31 October)

Breast cancer it’s a scary thought and all too many women assume that it won’t happen to them.  Fact is though, every ten minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK.  During breast cancer awareness month 2021, go for a medical check-up, it might save your life. Predict. Prevent. Protect.  To find out more visit the prevent breast cancer website https://preventbreastcancer.org.uk/about-breast-cancer

Cancer Awareness Talk (7 October)

We are delighted to be able to offer a cancer awareness talk by Cancer Research UK's specialist cancer nurses. These talks are always well evaluated and are designed to raise awareness and support the wellbeing of yourselves and those you work with. As well as cancer screening programmes, the session will cover the risks of developing cancer and how to spot the signs and symptoms of cancer earlier. 

The session will run between 12 and 1pm on Thursday 7th October via MS Teams so please bring along your lunch and if you have any questions in advance of the session contact Mandy Ferncombe: mandy.ferncombe@ggc.scot.nhss.uk

Breast Cancer Now’s Wear it Pink day (22 October)

On Friday 22 October 2021, we will wear pink.  Raise Money.  And help make life-saving breast cancer research and life-changing care happen.  If there ever was a time to put on that pink top, proudly drape that pink feather boa around your neck or pull up those pink socks, it’s now. 

Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink day is one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK.  Taking place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, thousands of amazing people wear it pink in their communities, schools or work places for the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Now.

2021 is the 20th year of wearing it pink, with over £36 million raised since 2002.  Together, we can go even further and raise even more money for the people affected by this disease.

For more information and to get involved visit the wear it pink website: https://www.wearitpink.org

BackCare Awareness Week (4 - 8 October)

With the global pandemic in mind, the past two years have been extremely difficult for all, and as a result BackCare Awareness Week has something for everyone including those who are working from home, working from offices and spending more time at home

For more information including booklets, information sheets, videos and posters to inform and remind us how to support our backs, the very structure that in turn supports us day in, day out visit the BackCare website https://backcare.org.uk/event/back-care-awareness-week/

Smart Working advice and guidance is also available on the EDC Employee Zone:

https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone/smart-working-2020

#WorldMentalHealthDay (10 October)

Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. The overall objective is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilise efforts in support of mental health. For more information of how to take care of your own mental health and provide support to others to, the WHO website provides access to Mental well-being resources visit: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day/2021

In cases of mental distress, the first step is to talk to someone your trust.  If you you’re your need it, seek help from a professional. Anything that is troubling you, no matter how big or small there is always someone there for you:-

Time for Talking offers a free 24 hour confidential helpline/support service which can be accessed by all employees. The contact details for employees looking for immediate support are as follows: Telephone: 0800 9703980 Email: admin@timefortalking.co.uk Website: www.timefortalking.co.uk

National Wellbeing Helpline - mental health support is available for all Health and social care workers, through the national wellbeing helpline, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The number to call is 0800 111 4191

Samaritans anything that’s troubling you no matter how big or small the issue is, Samaritans offer a free 24/7 confidential support service.  The number to call is 116 123

Breathing Space  - a confidential phone line for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16, feeling low, anxious or depressed. The number to call is 0800 83 85 87

#WorkLifeWeek

National Work Life Week (11 -15 October)

National Work Life Week is Working Families’ annual campaign to get both employers and employees talking about wellbeing at work and work-life balance. For more information including advice for parents and carers visit the Working Families’ website: https://workingfamilies.org.uk/nationalworklifeweek/

A range of work life balance policies can be found on the EDC HUB.

World Menopause Day (18 October)

World Menopause Day is held every year on 18 October.  The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the menopause and support options available for improving health and wellbeing. This year’s theme is Bone Health. For more information visit the International Menopause Society website https://www.imsociety.org/education/world-menopause-day/

Further support around employee wellbeing can be accessed via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the hub.

Further information can be found in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone website https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone/wellbeing

September 2021

#KnowYourNumbers

Know Your Numbers Week (6-12 September)

Know Your Numbers week is the nation’s biggest annual blood pressure testing and awareness raising campaign.  This year’s focus is on the forgotten pandemic of high blood pressure and to encourage the nation to check their blood pressure using a simple and reliable blood pressure monitor to measure their blood pressure at home, take the necessary steps if your reading is high, and raise awareness about the risks of high blood pressure. 

Home monitoring offers a way for you to take control of your health, feel confident, and take the pressure off the NHS at the same time. It gives people a practical way to Know your Numbers…without visiting your GP or pharmacist, and it really can save lives.

Visit the Home Monitoring Resources Hub http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/your-blood-pressure/how-to-lower-your-blood-pressure/monitoring-your-blood-pressure-at-home/how-to-measure-your-blood-pressure-at-home/

More information can be found on the Blood Pressure UK website http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/know-your-numbers/

#wspd #suicideprevention

World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September)

Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages.

The theme this year is ‘Creating Hope Through Action’, which aims to empower people with the confidence to engage with the complexity of ‘hope’ - more information is available on the Samaritans website https://www.samaritans.org/scotland/support-us/campaign/world-suicide-prevention-day/

Anything that is troubling you, no matter how big or small there is always someone there for you:-

Time for Talking offers a free 24 hour confidential helpline/support service which can be accessed by all employees. The contact details for employees looking for immediate support are as follows: Telephone: 0800 9703980 Email: admin@timefortalking.co.uk Website: www.timefortalking.co.uk

National Wellbeing Helpline - mental health support is available for all Health and social care workers, through the national wellbeing helpline, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The number to call is 0800 111 4191

Samaritans anything that’s troubling you no matter how big or small the issue is, Samaritans offer a free 24/7 confidential support service.  The number to call is 116 123

Breathing Space  - a confidential phone line for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16, feeling low, anxious or depressed. The number to call is 0800 83 85 87

#StopSepsis #SaveLives

World Sepsis Day (13 September)

World Sepsis day aims to raise awareness about sepsis. Sepsis arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs.  It may lead to shock, multi-organ failure and death – especially if not recognised early and treated promptly.

Sepsis is the number 1 cause of death in hospitals, cause for hospital readmissions and healthcare cost, 1 in 5 deaths worldwide is associate with sepsis, with at least 11 million deaths per year and 47-50 million annual cases. More information is available by following the link:

Sepsis Facts https://static1.squarespace.com/static/597f001fb3db2bde61e79d4a/t/5faac2243d168f22723fe79c/1605026348018/Sepsis_Fact_Sheet_WSD_English.pdf

Sepsis explained in 3 minutes – YouTube clip

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsPDjOX8QHA

To sign up or simply find out more visit the World Sepsis day website https://www.worldsepsisday.org/

#OrganDonationWeek #Leave Them Certain

Organ Donation Week (20 – 26 September)

The ‘Leave Them Certain’ campaign aims to encourage people to talk to their loved ones about organ donation through highlighting that families are always involved before organ donation goes ahead.

Whether you’ve already shared your organ donation decision with your family or you pledge to talk to them this Organ Donation Week, show your support through our heart – ‘the heart’ is available to download and print to display it in your window at home through the Organ Donation Campaign website https://sway.office.com/e9lnib4bbFV5Cjbk?ref=Link2

You can register your decision on the NHS Organ Donation Register at organdonation.nhs.uk

For more information about the campaign and events taking place during the week go to the Organ Donation Campaign website https://sway.office.com/e9lnib4bbFV5Cjbk?ref=Link2

#YourVisionMatters

National Eye Health Week (20 – 26 September)

This year’s National Eye Health Week will promote the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye tests for all.

Did you know 2 million people in the UK are living with sight loss, that is severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives – half of this sight loss is avoidable by getting a sight test can detect early signs of conditions like glaucoma or other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

For healthy eyes, eat well, don’t smoke and wear eye protection in bright sunlight.

To find out more including access to the Eye Health calculator and podcasts visit the Vision Matters website http://www.visionmatters.org.uk/

#Fitness2Me

National Fitness Day (23 September)

National Fitness Day is a chance to highlight the role physical activity plays across the UK, heling us raise awareness of its importance in helping us lead healthier lifestyles through being physically active.

#Fitness2Me aims to celebrate what fitness means to people, promoting that keeping physically active means something different to all of us.  #Fitness2Me aims to break down the barriers that stop people being active, showing that fitness is for everyone.

To find out more visit the National Fitness day website https://www.nationalfitnessday.com/

World Biggest Coffee Morning (24 September)

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event - as we live longer more people will develop cancer in their lifetime but survival rates are the highest they have ever been and this is due to advances in treatments and research.

The official date for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Friday 24 September, but you can hold yours whenever and however you like – whether it’s with your friends in the park, a virtual bake ‘n’ make, or a great gathering.

The money raised at events like this helps pay for Macmillan nurses, for information and support for friends and relatives of those living with cancer and for the wide range of assistance needed to help people living with cancer including financial advice and support.

To sign up, plan your event, have fun or donate or just find out more go to the MacMillan Cancer Support website https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/

Further support around employee wellbeing can be access via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the EDC Hub.

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone:

https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone/wellbeing

Further information can be found in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone website https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone/wellbeing

August 2021

#CycleToWorkDay - Cycle to Work Day (5 August)

Cycle to Work Day is for absolutely everyone. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t cycled in years or have never cycled at all. This is just about giving it a go. For those of us who continue to work from home, to participate you could go for a cycle round the block during your lunch break and at the end of your working day.

Take part in the UK’s biggest cycle commuting event - Cycle to Work Day.

All the information you need to register or to simply find out what is going on is available via the Love to Ride website.

Hearing Conservation

The Council's Health and Safety team recently kick-started its hearing conservation programme, which looks to minimise the risk of noise-induced hearing loss through regular hearing tests, education, training, risk assessment and noise-measuring activities.

Hearing loss caused by exposure to excessive noise at work affects around 17,000 people in the UK, who suffer from deafness, tinnitus or other ear conditions. The Council has multiple services that are exposed to occupational noise on a daily basis. It is therefore important that attention is given to preventing noise-induced hearing loss. Hearing loss is preventable but once your hearing is gone, it won’t come back.

If you are concerned about your hearing contact occupationalhealth@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

For further information on Noise at Work visit the Health & Safety Executive's Noise website.

Further support around employee wellbeing can be access via the Council's Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the hub,

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone.

Further information can be found in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone website

July 2021

Healthy Working Lives July 2021
Talk to Us #WeListen
Samaritans Awareness Day (24 July - 24/7)

Every year in July, Samaritans hold local events to raise awareness that Samaritans are here to listen to anyone who’s struggling to cope, at any time of the day or night, 24/7, without judgement or pressure. To find out more follow the link: https://www.samaritans.org/scotland/support-us/campaign/talk-us/

If you need someone to talk to you can contact a Samaritan by calling: 116 123 or send an email to jo@samaritans.org

Or to keep track of how you are feeling, and get recommendations for things you can do to help yourself cope, feel better and stay safe in a crisis you can download the Samaritans Self-Help app.  More information is available on the website https://www.samaritans.org/scotland/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/self-help/

Support is also available through the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking  within the hub. Business-Human Resources- Employee welfare service.

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone:

https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone/wellbeing

Further information can be found in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone website https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone/wellbeing

June 2021

Healthy Working Lives June 2021

World Blood Donor Day (14 June) #GiveBlood

Each year countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD).  The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.  Safe blood and blood products and their transfusion are a critical aspect of care and public health. This year the slogan is ‘Give blood and Keep the World beating’. The message highlights the essential contribution blood donors make to keeping the world pulsating by saving lives and improving others’ health.  It reinforces the global call for more people all over the world to donate blood regularly and contribute to better health. To find out more visit the World Health Organization website: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-blood-donor-day

To get involved or find out more about blood donation visit the NHS Blood Donation website: https://www.blood.co.uk/

Men’s Health Week (15-20 June)

On the 15 – 21 June the world celebrates Men’s Health Week.  This is a time to bring awareness to health issues that affect men disproportionately and raise awareness of getting men to become aware of problems they many have or may develop and to gain the courage to do something about it.  If you are a man that wants to do more, or a woman who wants to support a man in your life then get spreading the word – the more we promote Men’s Health, the more men will feel it’s OK to talk about their health issues.  You can access more information from your own mobile device on the Men’s Health Forum website: www.menshealthforum.org.uk

Cervical Screening Awareness Week (15-21 June)

#CervicalScreeningAwarenessWeek

@JoTrust

Did you know cervical screening (a smear test) looks for HPV, the human papillomavirus? If you don’t know what it is, you are far from alone.  Cervical Screening Awareness week aims to help reduce confusion about HPV, de-mystify cervical screening results and shout about the importance of cervical screening. The aim is to make every woman and person with a cervix to know where they can get information and support about cervical screening.

Why not get involved with Steps for Jo’s this June and Walk, jog or run 220,000 steps for the 220,000 women and people with a cervix diagnosed with cervical cell changes every year. visit Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust website: https://www.jostrust.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/cervical-screening-awareness-week

Support is also available through the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking is found within the hub.

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone:

https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone/wellbeing

Further information can be found in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone website https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone/wellbeing

May 2021

National Walking Month (1 – 31 May)

Get Ready to #WALKTHISMAY

Walking is good for our minds, our bodies, our neighbourhoods and has been a lifeline during the past year, helping people stay active and connected.  To find out more, access resources and activities to help keep your daily walk fresh and interesting or to make a pledge visit the Living Street website

For ideas on places to walk, run or cycle in and around East Dunbartonshire visit the EDC Travel and Transport site

World Hand Hygiene Day (5 May)

Each year the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign aims to progress the goal of maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement globally. Although this is aimed at the Health Care Sector given current circumstances this can support us all.   Hand hygiene is one of the most effective actions to reduce the spread of infections, including the COVID-19 virus.

For more information including videos and podcasts on the hand hygiene and related activities visit the World Health Organisation (WHO) website

Sun Awareness Week (3 – 9 May)

The British Association of Dermatologists’ annual campaign aims to raise awareness of skin cancer.  The campaign runs from April to September every year and includes Sun Awareness week. The campaign aims to encourage people to regularly self-examine for skin cancer, raise awareness about the dangers of sunburn and excessive tanning, and to discourage people from using sunbeds, in light of the associated risks of skin cancer. Visit the British Association of Dermatologist website for more information on skin health.

If you regularly spend time outdoors for work or recreation remember to use Sun Screen in the coming months as the weather get warmer.

Deaf Awareness Week (3 - 9 May)

‘Coming Through it Together’

1 in 6 people in the UK are deaf or are hard of hearing.  Deaf Awareness week aims to promote the positive aspects of deafness, promote social inclusion and raise awareness of the huge range of local organisations that support deaf people and their family and friends.  For more information visit the Deaf Council website.

Mental Health Awareness Week (10 - 16 May)

This Mental Health Awareness week it’s time to step up the fight for mental health.  During this pandemic, many of us have experienced a mental health problem, or seen a loved one struggle. When you are living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, access to the right information is vital.  A range of information, advice and support is available on the Mind website.

Support is also available through the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone:

Further information can be found in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone website

April 2021

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (1 – 30 April)

To find up to date reliable information about bowel cancer and get involved with the  ‘Step up for 30’ challenge to simply get more active visit the Bowel Cancer UK website

Stress Awareness Month (1 – 30 April)

April marks the start of Stress Awareness Month.  According to the Mental Health Foundation 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they have felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. This year the theme is ‘Regaining Connectivity, Certainty and Control’ with a 30 day challenge to pick one action each for your Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing to carry out every day.  It only takes 30 days to turn actions into habits and create a positive behavioural change.  As a first step, download the 30 Day Challenge calendar and make your commitments a reality or to find out what else you could do information is available from the Stress Management Society

Support is also available through the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking.

World Health Day (7 April)

April 7 marks the celebration of World Health Day, since taking effect in 1950, the celebration has aimed to create awareness of important health issues and is marked by activities which extend beyond the day itself and serves as an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on important aspects of global health. The campaign this year is to build a fairer, healthier world.  More information is available from the World Health Organization

On Your Feet Britain (29 April)

Take part in ‘On Your Feet Britain’ day – the national activity awareness day encouraging all desk-based workers across Britain to participate in a variety of fun and simple activities to #SitLess and #MoveMore.  This year we are looking forward to seeing how every worker gets active for the #BigWiggle – wherever your desk may be.  Registration details can be found on the On Your Feet Day website

Further information can be found in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone/wellbeing

March 2021

Mental Wellbeing

Are you looking after you mental health?

Clear Your Head

For information around looking after your mental health and wellbeing, the clearyourhead.scot  website, provides tips which are focused around keeping a routine, moving more, taking a break, making time for yourself and keeping in touch.

Every Mind Matters

get practical tips and expert advice at ‘Every Mind Matters’ a new campaign launched in January 2021 to support people to take action to look after their mental health and wellbeing and help support others. More information is available from the Every Mind Matters website

Every Mind Matters COVID-19 hub  also includes practical tips and support on how adults can deal with uncertainty, how to cope with money and job worries and how to look after both their own and their family’s mental wellbeing while staying at home

Eating Disorders Awareness week (1 – 7 March 2021)

From 1- 7 March join our campaign to start conversations and create a future where people experiencing binge eating disorder are met with understanding and compassion #YouMightKnowMe. More information is available on the Beat Eating Disorders website

Employee Assistance Programme – East Dunbartonshire Council’s Employee Assistance Programme -Time for Talking offer a 24 hour Helpline, 0800 970 3980, for one-to-one support/advice which can be accessed whenever you need it

Physical Wellbeing

Walk All Over Cancer Month (1 – 31 March)

Walk All Over Cancer is a fundraising and activity challenge that occurs annually every March in aid of Cancer Research UK.  More information about join in the challenge and walking 10,000 steps every day during the month is available on the www.cancerresearchuk.org #walkallovercancer

No Smoking Day (10 March)

The first No Smoking Day was on Ash Wednesday in 1984 and is now an annual health awareness day which takes place on the second Wednesday in March. More information on the benefits of quitting smoking and accessing support to stop smoking is available on the NHS Inform and Quit Your Way Scotland websites

World Sleep Day ‘Regular Sleep, Healthy Future’ (19 March)

 #WorldSleepDay is an annual event to raise awareness about the importance of sleep for achieving an optimal quality of life and improve global health. For more information and tips to achieve a healthy sleep click on the link worldsleepday.org or NHS Inform offer a self-help guide and expert advice to manage sleep problems.

For further information on any of the above promotions please contact Shona Diack – shona.diack@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

February 2021

Time to Talk Day (February 4th)

Has there been a more important time to talk about mental health?

Conversations have the power to make a big difference, however, small those conversations are – even in circumstances where we have to be socially distanced. It’s going to be a bit different this time around.  Many of us won’t be able to get together like we normally would.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t help create millions of conversations and show that talking about mental health is even more vital than it ever has been.

Small things can make a big difference – for more information or resources follow this link: #TimetoTalk – ‘the power of small’ #seemescotland

During lockdown getting little gifts and cards from our friends and family can make a huge difference.  So this Time to Talk day, why not send a Time to Talk postcard to someone you haven’t seen in a while, and ask ‘How are you?’

Britain Get Talking Campaign is an ITV Mental Wellness campaign to help families get closer and to encourage us all to focus on our mental wellbeing for more information follow the link – Britain Get Talking

Employee Assistance Programme – East Dunbartonshire Council’s Employee Assistance Programme -Time for Talking offer a 24 hour Helpline, 0800 970 3980, for one-to-one support/advice which can be accessed whenever you need it

Your Financial Wellbeing

Why talk money?

Talking openly about money is vitally important for our health, wealth and relationships.  The effect of Covid-19 has made it more important than ever to start conversations about money to help with your financial wellness Scotwest Credit Union have some useful online engagement sessions YouTube along with helpful updates in their monthly newsletter.

Your Healthy Eating

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. 
This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.  For more information click on the NHS Live-well/eat-well link

Your Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is a good way to manage and lower stress levels and boost mood
Keeping up with a workout routine might be even more important now. To kick start your health why not sign up to the NHS Better Health Campaign - further information can be found here NHS Better-Health or try some of the free live facebook classes provided by EDLC Leisure.

World Cancer Day (4th February 2021)

World Cancer Day 2021 – a day that unites people, communities and entire countries to raise awareness and take action.
Show your support for life-saving research by wearing your Unity Band, or making a donation at Cancer Research UK

For further information on any of the above promotions please contact Shona Diack – shona.diack@eastdunbarton.gov.uk