Video tutorial: Dr David Batman of Virgin Pulse on a whole person approach to wellbeing

Resilient businesses need resilient employees but resilient employees need good health, according to Dr David Batman, specialist consultant in occupational medicine at Virgin Pulse.  

He said there were a number of health factors coming through and affecting employees – such as increase in lifespans, increase in mental health issues and increases in back, neck pain and obesity. As a result preventative medicine is key, he told delegates at the REBA Employee Wellbeing Congress 2019.

He said employees need to consider changing a number of lifestyle factors that could then positively affect health risks such as stress and obesity. These include physical activity and sleep. “Sleep is a bigger risk factor than smoking and nearly as big a risk as physical inactivity, but we take sleep for granted but sleep can be managed and needs to be managed.”

Nutrition, mental resilience, work-life integration and social contact was also important, he said. “70% of your risk is due to your lifestyle, your behaviours and your attitudes,” he said.

This video was recorded at the REBA Employee Wellbeing Congress 2019, held in London on 20 June. 

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