Corporate Wellness plays an integral part in the structure and dynamics of an organisation. Strategies focussing on mental health, cardiovascular disease and nutrition and lifestyle are imperative in employee well-being.
Mental Health & emotional well-being
More than a billion people worldwide live with mental health and substance misuse disorders, with depression as one of the top ten causes of ill health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) ranked depression as the third leading cause of global burden of disease but expect this to move into first place by 2030. Women are affected more by depression than men and can have a substantial negative impact upon a person’s physical and social well-being. There are very effective psychological and medication treatments for depression, anxieties and work-related stress problems. Psychological therapies such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) are proven therapies to help individuals cope and improve their mental health presentations.
Cardiovascular disease accounts for more than 17 million lives each year, with a projected growth of 22 million deaths each year by 2030. 1.13 billion people worldwide suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension) and this number has almost doubled in the last 40 years.
Globally, one-in-four adults are not physically active enough. According to the World Health Organisation, 26% of men and 35% of women are insufficiently physically active compared with 12% and 24% respectively in low-income countries.
Diabetes and Obesity
The number people living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980, from 108 million to 422 million adults worldwide in 2016, equating to 8.5% of the global population. Factors driving this dramatic rise include obesity.
More than 10% of the world’s population are now obese. These levels have increased in all nations from 1980 to 2015 and at least doubled in 73 countries. Obesity rates in children have increased alongside now more than 1 in 3 adults aged over 18 years-old are reported as overweight.
The intrinsic genetic risk factors represent only 10-30% of the lifetime risk of causing many common cancers. The other risk factors such as diet, lifestyle, social factors including smoking, alcohol and the environment can be assessed and addressed to minimise an individual’s risk. According to the World Health Organisation, the number of new cancer cases is expected to rise 70% over the next two decades.
Poor diet & nutrition
A poor diet, low in whole grains, fruit, seeds, nuts and fish oils alongside high salt and sugar intake is a factor in 1 in 5 global deaths. The diet is the second highest risk factor for early death after smoking (Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation – University of Washington, 2017).
Chronic conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, cancers could be cut at least in half if people adopt a healthier lifestyle such as regular exercise, diets low in sodium and sugar and abstinence from smoking (American Journal of Preventative Medicine).
Private General Practice in the Workplace
Private General Practice is an excellent way for employees to address their health concerns without the need to take additional extra time out of their work schedule and affect their professional duties and responsibilities. The provision of an in-house GP service has shown to improve personal well-being and health. Our Wellness Medical Team are all senior General Practitioner’s with a range of experience in both the NHS and private healthcare.
Why people chose to see a Private General Practitioner?
+ Personalised healthcare
+ Continuity of care with a dedicated and professional team
+ Good working relationships with leading specialists
+ Pre-booked appointment consultations
+ Same day appointments
+ Rapid access to tests and investigations
Common Private GP presentations include:
+ Assessment for acute illnesses e.g. chest infections
+ Chronic illness management e.g. Diabetes or high blood pressure (Hypertension)
+ Musculoskeletal presentations
+ Specialist referral consultations
+ Blood test and consultations
+ Second medical opinions
+ Discrete sexual health screening