Drink Wise, Age Well with a free health check at your workplace

On 14 December, a health and wellbeing bus toured the North West area carrying out health checks for employees at various companies, as part of the Drink Wise, Age Well programme.

Drink Wise, Age Well helps people make healthier choices about their drinking as they age. It provides information on alcohol unit guidelines, tips for cutting down, and where and how to get help if you need it.

The atmosphere on the bus was electric, with employees coming on board six at a time to get checks done on weight; height; blood pressure; BMI; body fat; blood sugar and cholesterol and carbon monoxide.

Almost 100 people received health checks on board the Health & Wellbeing Hub, carried out by the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum. In total, 36% GP referrals were made, demonstrating the importance of regular health checks. With Christmas party season in full swing, having that all important conversation about alcohol helped to make people more conscious about how many units they were consuming, and the impact on driving the following day.

Bernie McCafferty from NuPrint Technologies, one of the companies the bus visited, commented: “As part of the wellbeing programme, it was definitely worthwhile to start the conversation about how, as individuals and as a company, we value our health and look after ourselves and each another. Results for some advised a visit to the GP, while others were encouraged to look at their eating habits and exercise regime (or lack of it!). In our fast moving environment, senior staff need to ensure that team members take their breaks to keep blood pressure and stress levels under control.”

Debbie Gallagher from Business in the Community added: “We are delighted to work in partnership with Drink Wise Age Well to deliver these health-checks in a mobile capacity. It is vital that employers are investing in the health and wellbeing of their staff, and this is just one of the ways they can show their support. Companies can really see the benefit in the mobile health-check bus as the checks are carried out at their place of work, so it takes less time out of their working day.”

To find out more, please visit www.bitcni.org.uk, email shannon.mcgowan@bitcni.org.uk, or call (028) 7186 1550.