Link & Learns: Nutrition, Exercise & the Importance of Sleep

Throughout the year, Business in the Community runs a series of one-hour, bite-sized, topical learning sessions for your employees.

These sessions are delivered in your workplace by experts in areas of particular interest to your workforce. We allocate a month in the year, and you choose a day and time that suits. Once confirmed, the expert provider will liaise with you directly. All you need to do is advertise the session and provide a suitable place for it to take place.

Link & Learn sessions in September will focus on the importance of physical health, covering nutrition, exercise and the importance of sleep.

Nutrition, facilitated by Old Library Trust Healthy Living Centre

This Link & Learn session will bring increased awareness and understanding of nutritious eating.

Foods like nuts, seeds, oatmeal and fruit release glucose slowly and can raise your productivity levels by a whopping 20%. A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals will enable you to fly through your to-do list in record time. Eating well means your immune system is better able to fight off infection and germs, making you less likely to have to take a sick day and fall behind on workload. The Old Library Trust aims to support individuals to take control and ownership of their own health, develop their confidence and to set and achieve goals that will transform their life.

Importance of Physical Exercise

In this Link & Learn session, Ryan Porter from Derry City and Strabane Council will highlight the importance of activity in our lives and changes we can make within the workplace to enhance our physical wellbeing.

Research shows that physical activity can boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and many other chronic conditions.

Around 65% of men and 76% of women aged over 16 are not physically active enough to meet the current national recommendations (that is, they spend less than 30 minutes on 5 or more days a week involved in at least moderately intense activities).


Importance of Sleep, Public Health Agency

This session will cover the significant effects of positive sleep patterns and raise awareness about how important sleep is for our wellbeing.

Studies show that those who do not get seven to nine hours of sleep per night may suffer from impaired logical reasoning and shorter attention spans. A lack of sleep negatively affects working memory, processing speed and tasks requiring focus.

It is proven that a good nights sleep helps with job performance. People spend an average of 4.5 hours doing work at home each week, with 20 percent spending 10 or more hours working at home. This could represent a cycle in which people are less productive at work because they’re tired, so they bring work home, only to have it interfere with their sleep.

If you are interested in booking a Link & Learn session for your workplace, please email fill out the form below, email Shannon McGowan, or call (028) 7186 1550.