- Work is becoming more intensive with
many people believing it is having an adverse effect on their health, according
to a survey.
- The British Heart Foundation (BHF) says
more than a third of working adults and 40% of men aged 25 to 50 believe
work is damaging their health.
- They think work has made them put on
weight, stopped them doing exercise and made them feel tired and irritable.
- Many now work more intensively than they
did two years ago and believe this has had a bad effect on their health.
- Of the 659 adults surveyed, 45% said
they took fewer breaks at work than they did in 1997.
- More than half said they took less than
30 minutes for lunch while more than a third of women took no lunch break
- Only a fifth of those who took a break
used it at least twice a week to do any form of physical activity.
- Healthier lifestyles
- The social lives of 85% of those surveyed
suffered because of work and half felt tired and irritable because of their
job, particularly women and white collar workers.
- Many said alcohol and tobacco were a
health risk at work and wanted them to be banned.
- The survey coincides with the launch
of a four-week BHF campaign targeting adults and aimed at encouraging them
to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
- The campaign will include a TV advert
showing a man progressing from his mid-20s to his late 50s.
- He does not look after himself and his
mantra is "Why bother? You could get hit by a bus tomorrow".
- Maxine Smith director of communications
at the BHF, said: "We are urging 25 to 50 year olds - about 80% of
whom work - to think about how their lifestyle may be affecting the health
of their heart and to consider ways of balancing healthier daily activities
with a busy week.
- "The process of furring up of the
arteries starts in young people and is influenced by lifestyle".
- Swift half
- The BHF says death and incapacity due
to coronary heart disease costs the UK £8.5bn a year.
- It is putting forward some tips to help
people adopt a healthier lifestyle.
- They include:
- Eating a piece of fruit on the way to
work Providing fruit at meetings rather than biscuits Taking a packed lunch
to work to control salt and fat content Ordering half pints with colleagues
rather than pints or having soft drinks Going for a walk in your lunch
break Planning a healthier route to work which involves more walking Try
to avoid rooms where smokers congregate