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Mind Body Business

A joint initiative by the Public Health Agency and Ards and North Down Borough Council that aims to benefit you, your business and your employees.

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The benefits of your business being healthy

Mind Body Business is a joint initiative by the Public Health Agency and Ards and North Down Borough Council that aims to benefit you, your business and your employees. Making your business healthy will:

  • Increase workforce creativity and productivity
  • Engage and motivate your workplace to maximise performance, reduce absence rates and retain the best employees
  • Help you gain a competitive advantage and enhance your business image
  • Decrease the number of accidents and legal claims
  • Help you access help and support for issues raised by yourself or employees

The Mind Body Business Programme delivers a series of initiatives that encourages employers to put "health" at the centre of their business agenda to the benefit of their employees.

Mind Body Business will:

  • Raise awareness of the benefits of workplace health
  • Provide examples of good practice
  • Keep enterprises up to date on the activities of partner organisations
  • Offer networking opportunities through various events
  • The Mind Body Business Programme delivers a series of initiatives that encourages employers to put "health" at the centre of their business agenda to the benefit of their employees. Mind Body Business is a joint initiative by the Public Health Agency and Ards and North Down Borough Council that aims to benefit you, your business and your employees.  

This year Mind Body Business is offering: 

  • Health and Wellbeing Packs* - contents include

                      - Step Challenge 
                      - Pedometer 
                      - Dumbbells   
                      - Information on Nutrition 
                      - Crisis/Support contact numbers 
                      - Advice from key partners on Health and Wellbeing

  • Free Virtual Health Checks   
  • Series of topical Webinars including: Build Resilience and Wellbeing; Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing; Mental health First Aid; Managing mental health when working from home and workplace support 
  • Exercise Video highlighting the benefits of movement    

*Packs are limited per business and contents may vary depending  on demand

Mind Body Business is open to all employers and employees located in the borough. To sign up to the programme, please email: healthandwellbeing@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk or call 0300 013 3333 Ext. 40333

Mind Body Business Health and Wellbeing Videos

Mind Body Business bring you a range of exercise videos to encourage you to move throughout your working day.  

Credit: Ards and North Down Borough Council

Further support:

Mind

Money and Mental Health – Poor mental health can make earning and managing your business harder. And worrying about money can make your mental health worse. It can start to feel like a vicious cycle. Discover practical tips on managing your money and improving your mental health by clicking here.  

How to stay mentally healthy at your workplace – managing how you can be mentally healthy at work and suggestions of what you can do and where to find support for poor mental health.  Find out more here.  

NHS Better Health 

Better Health – it is recommended to stay fit and healthy that we achieve 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, or 20-30 minutes per day. A few free apps that can be downloaded on to your smartphone include ‘Couch to 5K’ and ‘Active 10.’ Click here to see how you can make small changes throughout your day to increase your activity levels.   

Eat well - Eating well is fundamental to good health and well-being. Healthy eating helps us to maintain a healthy weight and reduces our risk of diet-related illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, type to diabetes and high blood pressure.  Click here for advice on Eating well.    

Action Mental Health 

Free Domestic Abuse Awareness Raising for Hairdressers and Beauticians - click here for more information.

Rehab 4 Addiction

The coronavirus might affect not only your physical wellbeing but also your mental health click here for advice on guarding your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Condition Management Programme

The Condition Management Programme helps you manage your health condition to allow you to progress towards, move into and stay in employment. The programme is led by healthcare professionals, such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists and mental health nurses.  Click here for more information or download the flyer Condition Management Programme - Improving Health Work and Wellbeing.pdf.

Example of Best Practice

The key objective of the Mind Body Business Programme is to encourage Businesses to put “health” at the centre of their Business. Caremark, a local business that provides home care services, have recently appointed Christopher Downes in a newly created role of Wellbeing Coordinator. This new appointment is a fantastic example of a business placing significant importance on the wellbeing of their Staff.

What the business says

“At Caremark our team is really important to us and we want to make sure we can provide as much support as possible to our staff.  Working in the care sector is very rewarding but it also brings with it many challenges. 2020 brought about many changes for us all and has had a great impact on the mental health of our staff. As an organisation we want to look after our staff in every way possible, we want to provide them with the support to understand and improve mental health. Christopher comes from a social work background with 12 years’ experience working in both the statutory and voluntary sectors, with vast experience in mental health, physical and learning disabilities and family work. Christopher will be facilitating a range of wellbeing and mental health initiatives for our staff and strengthening connections within the community.”

Health and Wellbeing Fair 2019

Health and Wellbeing Fair

The link between healthy employees and a healthy, thriving business has been well documented in recent years with those looking after staff wellbeing reporting a decrease in absenteeism and increased performance Ards and North Down Borough Council, in partnership with the Public Health Agency (PHA), held a one-day Health and Wellbeing Fair on Thursday 14 November at Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex.

Mind Body Business (MBB) is the Ards and North Down Borough Council and Public Health Agency (PHA) project designed to help local organisations put “health” in the heart of their business.

At the health and wellbeing fair

Find out more

For more information on the Mind Body Business Programme please contact Maura Bettes.