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Bupa launches workplace health initiative

Bupa UK Health Insurance is introducing Bupa Positive Health to encourage more firms to create a healthy workplace after research found four out 10 employees are overweight.

The health insurer is launching an initiative to help companies combat work-based health problems after a study by the group found 45 per cent of people surveyed are under stress and four out of 10 are getting less than the recommended seven hours sleep a night.

The same study also found that only one third of those surveyed admit to doing some form of moderate exercise a day, with two out of five eating fast food at least once a week.

Bupa UK Health Insurance deputy medical director Dr Paula Franklin says: “Our research shows that people need all the support they can get to ensure their health and wellbeing remains intact. Employers need to respond to this and create an environment that encourages their workforce to take a more proactive approach to their health.

“The introduction of Bupa Positive Health will help companies combat these problems. The initiative is both straightforward to implement and accessible. What’s more, by promoting the wellbeing of staff, companies should be able to manage their healthcare costs and risks proactively.”

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