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Wellbeing should ‘sit alongside other subjects’ at school

C

reating a role for a ‘head

Comparing the “level of

of wellness’ at schools

wellness” (using the Warwick-

would get students and

Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing

staff more physically

Scale, WEMWBS) at the

active – and make a positive difference to their emotional and physical wellbeing. According to new research

by Nuffield Health, having a dedicated member of staff

A head of wellness resulted in students exercising more regularly

with the responsibility of teaching children about health and wellbeing showed

beginning and the end of the

member offered both new

“significant” changes in

pilot, Nuffield found that the

opportunities and a better

wellbeing. The Improving

mean score for staff wellbeing

understanding of their

increased by 12 per cent

bodies – resulting in students

during the two years.

exercising more regularly.

wellbeing in schools report is based on a two-year pilot that installed a head of wellbeing within a secondary school.

The gap in the provision of wellbeing in schools needs to be addressed Davina Deniszczyc

In terms of exercise, the presence of a dedicated staff

More: http://lei.sr/B4B2J_H

Financial incentives – key to getting people more physically active? A study by research institute

on physical activity” RAND

customers “treats” – such as

RAND Europe has suggested

charted the behaviours of

cinema tickets – in return for

that there is a guaranteed

more than 400,000 people in

regular trips to the gym.

way to dramatically increase

the UK, US and South Africa.

These are verified by

people’s physical activity

The study examined the

levels – by offering them

effect of a physical activity

tangible financial rewards.

rewards programme run

Vitality launched a new

by health insurer Vitality,

incentive with a direct financial

which traditionally offers its

benefit. Called Vitality Active

Described as the “largest behaviour change study

swiping membership cards. For the study, however,

Rewards with Apple Watch, the

The prospect of a free Apple Watch made people more active

programme allowed members to acquire an Apple Watch by paying a minimal up-front

This gives us a deeper idea of how people can be incentivised Adrian Gore

amount – and then reducing their monthly payments

spectrum, regardless of health

to zero by meeting their

status, age or gender.

physical activity goals. Participants taking up the

According to Vitality founder, Adrian Gore, the study

Apple Watch offer increased

proved the incentive to not

their physical activity levels,

pay more for the watch was

on average, by 34 per cent.

effective in increasing activity.

Crucially, activity levels increased across the customer

More: http://lei.sr/U2Y6k_H

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