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​Healthy Living Week 2017

Staff at NHS Southwark CCG are joining more than 100 organisations across London in hosting a wide range of activities and events that promote health and wellbeing during Healthy Living Week.

Healthy Living Week, which runs from Monday 25 to Friday 29 September, aims to make workplaces in London healthy, inspiring places to work, where staff can join up with their colleagues to make being healthy a normal part of their day.

More than 100 organisations, teams and individuals across London have signed up to take part this year – more than double the number that signed up for the capital's first Healthy Living Week last year. 

Staff at Southwark CCG will be taking part in a range of activities during the week, including lunchtime walks and football and netball sessions. They are also being encouraged to sign up to the Climb Mount Kilimanjaro challenge where staff can compete in teams to be the first to climb the equivalent number of steps in stairs. 'Stair walks' are being organised to help them meet the target!

We spend many of our waking hours at work and small, simple changes can have a big impact. You can also take the Five Day Challenge or make a Healthy Living Week pledge to improve a small change to improve your health all year round. 

For example, many Londoners spend long hours commuting but getting off the tube one stop earlier and walking briskly for 10 minutes every day can significantly reduce the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as reducing stress and anxiety and helping with back pain.

The Better Health for London report highlighted the importance of preventing ill health and includes an aspiration to make work a healthy place to be in London with an ambition to gain 1.5 million working days a year by improving employee health and wellbeing in the capital.

Co-ordinated by Healthy London Partnership on behalf of London CCGs, Healthy Living Week provides a platform for NHS organisations, hospital charities and their partners to work together and offer events and activities to staff that promote workplace health and support people to be healthy and happy.

This year, non-NHS organisations in London have been encouraged to join Healthy Living Week and more than 50 organisations and individuals have signed up to take part.  

For more information about Healthy Living Week visit www.healthylondon.org