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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.

Mind Body Business logo

Mind Body Business is a joint initiative between the council and the Public Health Agency providing a series of initiatives that encourages employers to put “health” at the centre of their business agenda. 

 

Mind Body Business will:

  • Raise awareness of the benefits of workplace health
  • Keep enterprises up to date on the activities of partner organisations
  • Increase workforce creativity and productivity
  • Engage and motivate your workplace to maximise performance, reduce absence rates      and retain the best employees
  • Support you on your journey to make your business a better place to work

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

Launching the Mind Body Business 2021-22 Programme

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Mind Body Business programme for 2021/22. 

The 2021/22 programme is offering a diverse programme focusing on 4 key areas of health and wellbeing:

  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • Social Wellbeing
  • Financial Wellbeing

As businesses navigate their way through and out the other side of the COVID 19 Pandemic this years Mind Body Business programme will focus on recovery and how to best support your workforce.  The focus of this years programme is on overall Health & Wellbeing.   

This years activities include:

      - Topical webinars 

      - Step Challenge

      - Mental Health First Aid

      - Online Well Checks

      - Corporate Wellbeing Boxes - including signposting advice, encouragement for physical activity, Support for Social wellbeing and suggestions on how to encourage your          business to be more active. 

Click on the headings below to see the full programme under each of the key themes

To book into one of the events visit the Events Section of this website or to sign up to the programme, please email: healthandwellbeing@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk or call 0300 013 3333 Ext. 40333

Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for all to navigate. As we emerge from the pandemic and begin to recover the Mind Body Business Programme is offering support to businesses and their employers to support Mental Health and Wellbeing.  The programme is offering a series of topical webinars on a range of time prevalent topics. 

  • Mood Matters Workplace webinar delivered by AWARE NI
  • Mindful Manager webinar delivered by Action Mental Health    
  • Stress Awareness and Management webinar delivered by Action Mental Health     
  • Personal Resilience webinar delivered by Action Mental Health               
  • Burn out and Rest webinar Delivered by Action Mental Health                    
  • Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace Online Training Course - 2 full days

Numbers are limited for this session to 1 per business, a waiting list will be created should more places become available.

Event listings and booking details are listed below and on the events section of the website.

Physical Health

In order to support a healthy workforce the Mind Body Business programme are encouraging your business and your workforce to improve their physical health.  This year we are pleased to be able to offer Well checks delivered by NI Chest Heart and Stroke.  

Well Checks

We will be offering virtual Well Checks via Chest Heart and Stroke as part of the 2021-22 programme. 

The Well Checks will offer employees advice in the following areas:

  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Stress
  • Sleep
  • Goal Setting
  • Personal Report

Slots will be taking place between 9.30am – 4.30pm on the following dates - with the exception of 17 February where slots will be available for a half day. Each session will last approximately 20 minutes.

  • 7 January 2022
  • 19 January 2022
  • 3 February 2022
  • 16 February 2022
  • 17 February 2022 (half day)

To book your slot click on the link https://book.wellcheck.nichs.org.uk/ using code: MBB21

 

Wellbeing boxes  

As part of this year’s programme each business that has signed up to the full Mind Body Business Programme will receive a Wellbeing Box. 

The Wellbeing boxes will offer helpful tips and advice on how to promote the key aims of the Mind Body Business Programme:

 Raise awareness of the benefits of workplace health

  • Keep enterprises up to date on the activities of partner organisations
  • Increase workforce creativity and productivity
  • Engage and motivate your workplace to maximise performance, reduce absence rates and retain the best employees
  • Support you on your journey to make your business a better place to work

Wellbeing Boxes are only available to businesses that have signed up to the full Mind Body Business programme.  Wellbeing boxes are limited to strictly 1 per business and will be distributed early 2022.

 

Exercise Videos 

Below we have recorded and made available Exercise Videos specifically designed for people who are in sedentary jobs.  The videos are designed to be used with little to no equipment and at your desk whether this is at the workplace or from home.  

 

Social Wellbeing

Wellbeing boxes  

As part of this year’s programme each business that has signed up to the full Mind Body Business Programme will receive a Wellbeing Box. 

The Wellbeing boxes will offer helpful tips and advice on how to promote the key aims of the Mind Body Business Programme:

 Raise awareness of the benefits of workplace health

  • Keep enterprises up to date on the activities of partner organisations
  • Increase workforce creativity and productivity
  • Engage and motivate your workplace to maximise performance, reduce absence rates and retain the best employees
  • Support you on your journey to make your business a better place to work

Wellbeing Boxes are only available to businesses that have signed up to the full Mind Body Business programme.  Wellbeing boxes are limited to strictly 1 per business and will be distributed early 2022.

Financial Wellbeing

In delivering this years Mind Body Business Programme we are looking at those areas that contribute to overall health and wellbeing, for this reason we are offering support in Financial Health and Wellbeing.  

Money Management delivered by Advice NI

This session will equip participants with an overview of key business accounting and debt management skills. It will provide participants with useful tools and information to enhance their business management capabilities and help them to take active control of planning their financial wellbeing and will be delivered by two experts – one in Training and Universal Credit and the other a specialist Business Debt Adviser.

Numbers are limited for this session to 1 per business, a waiting list will be created should more places become available.

For further information and to book you please see the event listing below or visit the events section of this website.

Related Events

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

External Events:

International Mens Day

International Men’s Day 2021 taking place on the Thursday 18th November from 10 – 11.30am.

For the first time Northern Ireland’s five Health and Social Care trusts, NI Ambulance Service, the Public Health Agency, several local councils and a range of community and charity organisations have joined forces to organise an event to Celebrate International Men’s Day 2021.

The free webinar taking place on the 18th November from 10-11.30am, entitled “Turning it Around” focuses on two of the six pillars of International Men’s Day

• To focus on men’s health and wellbeing; social, emotional, physical and spiritual

• To improve gender relations and promote gender equality.

Two inspirational and passionate speakers will share their stories, giving an insight into the challenges of men’s wellbeing, in the hope that they can inspire other men and promote the message that it is possible to turn your life around and become a positive role model.

Speakers on the day are:

Paul Ferris a teenage football prodigy, becoming Newcastle United's youngest-ever player in 1982, Newcastle United first team physiotherapist, a qualified barrister and award winning novelist who now runs a successful health and fitness business. Paul talks openly and honestly about the hurdles he has faced and how he has fought to overcome them.

and

Oisin McConville is the winner of six All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championships with his club, Crossmaglen Rangers and the sport’s top prize with his county team, Armagh - the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. Despite enjoying a glittering career, Oisin developed a gambling addiction which nearly cost him his life. Oisin talks about the challenge of  hitting rock bottom, spending 13 weeks at a rehabilitation centre  and how he has ‘turned his life around’  and now helps hundreds of athletes in the UK and the Republic as a trained addiction counsellor.

The event which will appeal to a wide audience, is free to attend and will be hosted using zoom. Participants will be required to register in advance with the first 100 to sign up receiving a free goody bag.

For additional info please contact:
Brien.frazer@setrust.hscni.net

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.    

 

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

Public Health Agency Logo on white background

Find out more

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