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Improving workplace health

Member of the Councils Public Health team (left) receiving the award for work to promote physical and mental wellbeing in the workplace from Dame Carol Black, Department of Health Expert Advisor

Member of the Councils Public Health team (left) receiving the award for work to promote physical and mental wellbeing in the workplace from Dame Carol Black, Department of Health Expert Advisor

The council received an award for its work to promote physical and mental wellbeing in the workplace at an event at the East of England Local Government Association and Public Health England.

They joined other public sector organisations to explore workplace health-related topics such as local government policy, reducing sick absences, engaging with employees and the link between employment and good health.

Luton has signed The Public Health Responsibility Deal, a pledge to protect the health of its employees and support their wellbeing.

Dame Carol Black, the department of health’s expert advisor, said: “We are all living longer. Therefore extending working life and maximising healthy life as a proportion of total life is a desirable goal for individuals and society. We must all work together to achieve this goal.”

Councillor Aslam Khan said: “A healthy and productive workforce means everyone’s a winner. Our employees have been enthusiastic about various ‘health ideas’ such as fun walks at lunch times and extra support for staff seeking to give up smoking.”

 

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