Anyone for table tennis? Firm’s health and wellbeing initiative

02 March 2018

Paragon in Sutton-in-Ashfield

A Nottinghamshire firm has introduced a table tennis court to help boost the health and wellbeing of staff.

A Paragon Customer Communications site based in Sutton-in-Ashfield, has been working with Nottinghamshire County Council and Ashfield District Council on promoting a wide range of health and wellbeing initiatives.

The table tennis court was introduced to give staff the chance to relax and undertake exercise during their breaks and it is well used each week by office staff who work 9am to 5pm as well as shift workers who work through the night in the factory.

Physical activity is a priority of the county council’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018-2022 and this initiative provides opportunities for people to be active at work. The strategy aims to boost the health and wellbeing of all residents in the county through more joined up thinking and closer working between bodies across health and social care.

Other health and wellbeing ideas introduced at the PCC Nottingham site include:

· Fruit Wednesday, where more than 100 items of fruit are put on offer in the staff canteen free of charge.

· The introduction of a wellbeing room where staff can go and relax and which has lots of health and wellbeing information from charities and voluntary organisations.

· Scales, a tape measure and blood pressure monitor which staff can use to check their BMI and blood pressure.

Councillor John Doddy, Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Health and Wellbeing Board, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “There is a huge amount of work already underway across Nottinghamshire to improve health and wellbeing which supports the delivery of our shared vision.

“The ideas introduced by Paragon are great examples of the sorts of interesting health and wellbeing ideas that other companies and organisations could consider to benefit their staff."

Amanda Best, Executive Assistant at PCC Nottingham, said: “We recently took part in a challenge with another organisation nearby to set staff the task of taking 10,000 steps a day to improve their health. We take health and wellbeing very seriously as it helps to reduce sickness, boost staff happiness and improve productivity and all of the initiatives have worked.”

The overall strategy has numerous aims including focusing on prevention – helping people and communities to support each other, preventing problems from arising and using our influence to make sure that improving health and wellbeing is everyone’s responsibility.

In order to make this vision a reality there are four ambitions within the strategy: to give everyone a good start in life, to have healthy and sustainable places, to enable healthier decision making and to work together to improve health and care services.

The Health and Wellbeing Board is a statutory committee of Nottinghamshire County Council, and Board membership includes county councillors, the Directors of Adult Social Care, Children’s Services and Public Health, along with representatives of the local Clinical Commissioning Groups and the local Healthwatch. In Nottinghamshire the Board also includes representatives from the local district councils, the Police and Crime Commissioner and NHS England.


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