Ring the changesOn 1 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Next Article Aprogramme of preventative health launched for the benefit of employees wasregarded as dynamic when it was launched. An analysis of Lucas Care nine yearslater asks how many participants have altered their lifestyle. By Caroline MobleyEmployees’perceptions of a health screening programme offered to them at work resulted inquestions been raised about its success at encouraging individuals to altertheir lifestyles.Inthe mid-1980s the employees share fund at Cheltenham-based firm Lucas Bryce wasterminated and the assets transferred to the Lucas Employees Benefit Fund,which were held in trust for the benefit of Lucas employees. One of thebenefits it funded was a programme known as Lucas Care. When it was launched in1990, Lucas Care was a new and dynamic approach to preventative health at work.Its principal aim was to help achieve positive health through education,promotion and screening. The service was preventative in nature, based on selfhelp and professional support. The programme was designed to help employees toimprove their chances of a long and healthy life, by introducing the”Staying Healthy Programme”, well women screening, and an independentconfidential counselling service. TheStaying Healthy Programme identified health risks from diet, alcohol intake,measurement of blood pressure, weight, cholesterol, exercise and stress levels.Individual health programmes, designed to help employees understand the healthissues involved, encouraged lifestyle changes in an easy to follow, step bystep way to improve their state of health and reduce the risk of heart disease,stroke and cancer. Participation in the programme is entirely voluntary.Nineyears on and the success of the Staying Healthy Programme has beenconsiderable. The uptake rate is at least 75 per cent of the total workforce.Data collected is analysed so that we can understand the risks facingemployees, their attitude to these risks and the short and long benefitsgained, by compliance with the programmes.Analysishas shown that one in two employees had a cholesterol level above the desiredrange and of these, two in three are on the cholesterol intervention programme.One in three employees were not taking enough exercise and of these, one inthree are trying to increase their weekly level of exercise. One in fouremployees smoked and of these, one in two are on the smoking interventionprogramme. Ninety-threeper cent of employees who were considered overweight are now on the weight lossprogramme.In1997, an in-depth analysis of the 15,000 employees who had gone through thescreening programme was undertaken by the University of Birmingham. Resultsshowed that in the short term, employees who had followed the relevantintervention programmes, had shown an improvement. Long-termimprovements, however, were only sustained in four categories. These were areduction in stress levels, an increase in exercise and a slight drop in themeasurement of systolic blood pressure and of the number of cigarettes smoked.There was evidence that other intervention programmes or the advice from theoccupational health nurse, could also have a significant effect on the shortand long term benefits.Aswe approached the millennium, plans were made for new software to update theStaying Healthy Programme to become year 2000 compliant. To help improve thescreening service to employees, it was necessary to research employees’perceptions of the service in its current format, to review the effectivenessof the service and invite suggestions for improvement.Allof the employees who had undergone health screening during 1998 were selectedto participate in the survey. The most effective way to gather information wasto distribute a questionnaire. This focused on lifestyle screening and thespecific identified risks, blood pressure, weight, cholesterol, alcohol intake,smoking, stress and exercise levels. It also asked for feedback on the leafletsand health education given to them by the nurse, their impression of the printout of results, and following the screening if they had been encouraged to makepositive changes to their lifestyle, or had an increased understanding of theirhealth.Opinionswere requested about whether, by offering the service the company had shown aninterest in their health, and if they would recommend the service to fellowemployees. Finally they were asked to give a reason for what prompted them tohave the screening.Theresponse rate was excellent – 71 per cent. Over 60 per cent of respondentsstrongly agreed that the lifestyle screening was very important. The individualresults, leaflets and health education given by the nurse were perceived asvaluable. Most people were satisfied with the service and would recommendit. Most were prompted into having thescreening, either due to the time elapsed from the previous one, or because ofthe literature displayed in the workplace.Disappointingly,some respondents – 52 per cent did not feel encouraged to eat a healthier diet,exercise more, or make positive changes to their lifestyle. This may have beenbecause they did not need to make any changes or, that the information given tothem was insufficient, too complicated or too time consuming. However, thisparticular result did raise the question of the programmes success atencouraging individuals to alter their lifestyle to maintain or improve theirhealth.Individualsmay feel that as long as no abnormality is found and most of their results arewithin normal limits, they then do not have to do anything. Occupational healthexpertise and better use of the intervention programmes should be utilised, tohelp individuals plan and co-ordinate changes to their lifestyle. Increasedpromotion of the service, improved access to examples of best practice from theHealth Education Authority, the Health Promotion Unit, or from other companiesor organisations could be incorporated into the programme.Strangely,the greatest threat to Lucas Care is its success. The programme is now firmlyestablished and employees are actively encouraged to participate. Expectations often exceed what the programmecan achieve in relation to the avoidance of lifestyle risks.Freedomof choice is likely to maximise participation in the screening programme,although we must continue to do more to raise the level of awareness of stayinghealthy. Exploringnew initiatives, targeting and developing imaginative programmes, runningsupport groups, holding awareness sessions and increasing the amount ofinformation available should help employees to take control of their ownhealth, with Lucas Care continuing to support them.CarolineMobley RGN OHNC is occupational health adviser at Lucas Bryce in Cheltenham.Thewriter wishes to acknowledge Jan Calvert from the University of Birmingham andDr Jerry Beach, group occupational health physician at Lucas Varity, for theirstatistical analyses FurtherreadingOakleyK, Occupational Health Nursing, Chapter 6, part two: Research Guidelines,(1997), Jan Maw, pp124-138OurHealthier Nation Green Paper 1998 (HMSO)WaltonC, Lucas Care progress report (1996)Howthe programme has helped –It is available on a voluntary basis to all employees–The service is free–It is available on site, saving the time it would take to visit a GP–Employees have the opportunity to be better informed about their health–It encourages employees to undertake regular health screening and checks–Employees have the opportunity to reduce the risks of coronary heart disease, cancerand stroke–It has resulted in upgraded occupational health facilities and more highlytrained OH staff–There have been improvements in performance, efficiency, quality and morale Comments are closed.
An increasing number of students nationally are making official complaints to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, the universities’ official ‘watchdog,’ if they fail to obtain either a first or a 2:1.The Oxford University Proctors received 124 complaints this year from Oxford students. 105 were related to University Examinations, which represents just 0.5% of Oxford students. Only 38 of these complaints were either wholly or partly upheld by the Proctors.Despite the national rise in the number of complaints, only 6% were justified by the OIA. Before launching an official complaint, students are required to “exhaust the internal appeals procedures” of their own university.Universities Secretary David Willetts dismissed the rising number of complaints, commenting that students are “paying for higher education, not paying for a degree.” He added, “One of the increasing areas of complaints is students saying, ‘I’ve got a 2:2 when I should have got a 2:1 – they’ve let me down’.”According to survey ‘The Student Barometer’, which encompasses over 200 universities worldwide, 58% of Oxford students agreed with the statement “marking schemes and examination conventions help me understanding what Examiners are looking for in final examinations.’ This compares to 33% of students in Russell Group universities and 47% of students at Cambridge. 43% of Oxford students do not agree that “the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance.”Adam Mackinnon, a biologist, commented, “I’ve seen the mark scheme but it does seem rather subjective.”A maths student at St. Anne’s stated, “I’ve not seen the mark scheme. Then again I got 85% in my collections so I’m not sure it matters.” read more
“I’ve had friends whose grandma has passed away, I’ve had family members as well that have passed away. You’ve got to be wise and take care of yourself and those around you.”British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in parliament on Monday that the return of sport on TV would “provide a much-needed boost to national morale”.However, a YouGov poll revealed that 73 percent of 2,000 people surveyed said the return of the Premier League and English Football League would not lift their spirits.Britain has been one of the worst-hit countries in the global pandemic, with the government officially recording more than 32,000 deaths from COVID-19.“People’s lives are at risk,” Rose, who is on loan at Newcastle from Tottenham, told an Instagram live.“Football shouldn’t even be spoken about coming back until the numbers have dropped massively.”The Premier League are due to meet unions for players and managers later this week to discuss protocols for a return to group training.A further complication for Project Restart is where any matches would be played with the clubs opposed to a proposal for a limited number of neutral venues to be used.The UK’s national football policing lead, Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, had previously stated resuming matches on a home-and-away basis would “present challenges” to the emergency services.But he said on Tuesday that police, government and football authorities were working together on a plan “which minimises any risks to public safety and unnecessary pressure on public services, but facilitates a sensible restart to the season.”London Mayor Sadiq Khan has come out against the idea of playing matches in the capital at this stage, with the city having been particularly badly hit by the pandemic.Five of the 20 Premier League sides are based in London.“With the country still in the grips of this crisis, and hundreds of people dying every day, he believes that it is too early to be discussing the resumption of the Premier League and top-flight sport in the capital,” Khan’s spokesperson told the Evening Standard.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Premier League clubs face having to pay a huge refund to broadcasters even if they manage to complete the coronavirus-disrupted season behind closed doors.Broadcasters would be reimbursed for matches not being played as scheduled and the lack of atmosphere in empty stadiums is also a factor.The BBC reported the bill facing the English top-flight, which continued talks on “Project Restart” on Monday, could be as high as £340 million ($420 million).“We were able to update our clubs today on our situation with broadcasters, which is obviously confidential,” said Premier League CEO Richard Masters.“Whatever happens, there’s going to be significant loss of revenue for clubs. That is inevitable.“We were able to paint a picture today about what would happen in various scenarios, playing out the season and not playing out the season, to allow them to have a picture of that as we stand in the early part of May.”The rebate to broadcasters would surge to an estimated £760 million if the season cannot be completed. Masters has previously warned of a £1 billion loss once the absence of gate receipts is taken into account.For the first time on Monday, the 20 Premier League clubs discussed models that may have to be used to decide final standings if it is not deemed safe to resume.New government guidelines have paved the way for elite sport to return behind closed doors in England from June 1.– Player fears –However, England internationals Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose are the two latest high-profile players to raise their concerns over a return to contact sport when the rest of society is being advised to follow social-distancing guidelines.“The moment we do go back it just needs to be a moment where it’s not just for footballing reasons, it’s safe for not just us footballers but the whole medical staff, referees,” Sterling told his YouTube channel.“(I am) not scared, but reserved and thinking what the worst outcome could be. read more
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeThe Gallery at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) opens its annual Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition on July 9, 2018. The annual exhibition serves artists in the area by providing a high-quality exhibition opportunity that promotes the region’s creative identity. Selected exhibiting artists are recognized in an awards presentation and opening reception on Thursday, July 12, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in The Gallery.Selected work from artists residing in Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum counties is exhibited by The Gallery and The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Additionally, top artists selected by the guest juror receive up to $1,500 in purchase prizes, along with $400 in honorable mention, and are invited to exhibit together during the 2018-19 exhibition season.2018 Exhibiting ArtistsTerry Anderson, OlympiaSusan Aurand, OlympiaCarol Ballard, LaceyMelissa Barnes, OlympiaTeri Bevelacqua, OlympiaBernie Bleha, RochesterRuth Bravetti, OlympiaLynette Charters, OlympiaJane Mottishaw Chavey, OlympiaDoyle Fanning, OlympiaFaith Hagenhofer, TeninoStacy Hicks, OlympiaJudith Hochman, OlympiaHall Jameson, LaceyLisa Kinoshita and John Carlton, TacomaCarrie Larson, HoquiamMary McCann, OlympiaSpencer McDowell, OlympiaAshley Miller, OlympiaPatsy Surh O’Connell, Gig HarbourIrene Osborne, OlympiaVladimir Shakov, Browns PointJay Shepard, OlympiaJason Sobottka, TacomaMaitri Sojourner, OlympiaSharon Styer, TacomaChris Wooten, Browns PointThe exhibition runs from July 9 through August 23 at The Gallery at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts. The Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 4:00 p.m. during the summer, or by appointment. For more information, email [email protected], call 360-596-5527, or visit The Gallery online at spscc.edu/gallery. read more
“Three of my players got chances to go to Football Club”Three of my players got chances to go to Football Club Copenhagen, Real Madrid and Chelsea. The problem is that they are way too important to their clubs here and they dont care about how big the transfer fee is,” he said.Chinas focus has turned on to football even though it excelled at the Olympics and Paralympics after its mens team have only qualified for one football World Cup, in 2002 mainly bogged down by corruption in the clubs.But Eriksson believes that record will change and says winning the tournament is a realistic target.According to an announcement released by the National Development and Reform Commission together with the sports and education ministries, by the end of 2013, China had around 10,000 soccer fields in “relatively good condition,” which is much fewer compared with major soccer nations.China has been prioritising soccer as part of the countrys physical education.The number of schools specialising in soccer will reach 20,000, and over 30 million primary and high school students will regularly play soccer by 2020.Another 20,000 public soccer fields will be built, the announcement said.The mens team, now ranked 81st in the world, qualified for one World Cup final in 2002, and the team recently qualified for the third round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers. PTI KJV AMS AKJ AMS read more
Juventus Juventus sweating on Higuain ahead of crunch clash with Spurs Dom Farrell 00:33 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Juventus Serie A Paulo Dybala Lazio v Juventus Lazio Paulo Dybala will lead the line for the Serie A champions against Lazio, but his fellow Argentine is set to rest his injured ankle once more Gonzalo Higuain faces a race to be fit in time for Juventus’ Champions League trip to Tottenham but fellow forward Paulo Dybala will return to Massimiliano Allegri’s starting line-up for Saturday’s game at Lazio.Higuain sustained an ankle injury during the derby against Torino two weeks ago and, even though he was given an international recall by Argentina on Thursday, he is still not ready for a return to club action.Conversely, Dybala missed out on a place in Jorge Sampaoli’s national squad but Allegri views him as the man for the job in attack at the Stadio Olimpico despite a recent hamstring problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Higuain won’t be ready,” he told reporters. “He still has a bit of nuisance with his ankle.”As for London, we’ll think about that in a few days. You have to be confident.”We will think about the Champions League next week. Now, let’s focus on tomorrow’s game. It’s a very important game for us and for them. It will be a very big day for all of Serie A.”Dybala will be in the game from the first minute.”The capital clubs could have a major impact on the destination of the Scudetto, with leaders Napoli entertaining Roma after Lazio host Juve.Allegri’s men were beaten by the Biancocelesti in a dramatic Supercoppa Italiana last August, while Simone Inzaghi’s men also prevailed at the Allianz Stadium in Serie A two months later.”We lost the last two games due to making mistakes,” Allegri said when assessing Juve’s third-placed opponents.”They are a physical and technical team who deserve the position they have.”They give little away and are well trained by Inzaghi. Moreover they are very good on high balls and in the aerial battles.”[Sergej] Milinkovic-Savic is one of the most interesting young players in Europe and you don’t need my judgement to say that.” read more