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By Amy MacDonnell on 14 September 2018

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has hosted a Health and Wellbeing @ Work Drop-in Event at ergo on the Bridgehead Business Park, Hessle, to promote an important message - eat well, move more and live longer.

The Health Bus, launched in 2010, travels around the East Riding with the aim of improving public health by bringing a selection of minor health services to socially isolated, deprived and rural areas, whilst in turn promoting its own programme of healthy living.

As an environmentally-friendly workspace, ergo booked the event to encourage its employees and tenants to get out into nature and be more active.

Moe’s Kitchen, the popular café located at ergo, also offered a range of healthy options on the day, to give people inspiration and food for thought.

Claire Pearson from Moe’s Kitchen, said: “We always have healthy options available at Moe’s - but the Health Bus gave us an opportunity to highlight these and promote through offering free samples, which has gone down a treat!”

The event was also attended by workers from other companies across the business park, who were invited to take part in health checks and learn about how they can improve their general health.

Jean Palmer, who works in HR at Victoria Plumb, said: “It was great to have the Health Bus visit and offer mini health checks to staff during the day and other initiatives, such as pedometer challenge and walks around the area that are available.”

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for transforming lifestyles at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “By promoting healthy living in the workplace, we hope it will encourage adults, and their children, to build positive routines in the home. Starting simply with eating and exercising, the Health Bus helps point residents in the right direction towards an overall healthy lifestyle and balance.

“The turnout at Bridgehead just shows how many people take healthy living seriously and we hope to encourage that across the East Riding of Yorkshire.”

The Health Bus, also known as the Public Health Vehicle, is a joint venture between East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the NHS and provides residents with:

  • health checks, including testing blood pressure, weight and basic health alongside support and advice on healthy lifestyle
  • information on running a health walk scheme for your business (e.g. on a lunchtime)
  • information and support on how to run a pedometer challenge
  • the opportunity to sign up for reduced rate corporate gym memberships at East Riding Leisure centres
  • information on having a bike library providing free bikes for staff to travel to work
  • the chance to register for online resources to use to support health and wellbeing of staff in the East Riding.

“The wellbeing and lifestyle of staff is fundamental in maintaining both a good morale and productivity in the workplace. We encourage any local businesses, big or small, to book the Health Bus,” said Councillor Andy Burton, portfolio holder for economic investment and planning delivery.

For more information about how to book a Health and Wellbeing @ Work Drop-in Event or to find out more about what the Public Health Vehicle offers, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/council/working-with-our-partners/public-health-vehicle/

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