Topics to include:

  • British Heart Foundation statistics and programmes they have running.
  • General public health statistics.
  • Sport England inactivity statistics.
  • Business productivity/ performance statistics - article online.


Health Statistics

The two most common causes of sickness absence in the UK are musculoskeletal disorders (MSK) and mental ill health. MSK leads to 30.6 million days lost compared to 15.2 million lost days due to stress, anxiety and depression. These are the two major workplace health issues that affect employees in all industries.

The two most common causes of sickness absence in the UK

“Mental health is now the biggest occupational health problem in the UK,
accounting for more working days lost than musculoskeletal problems.” - 
 British Occupational Health Research Foundation

The quote above says mental health leads to more working days lost than MSK, which is different to what the quote in the first paragraph in Health Statistics - xerxes

Mental health is the well being factor that encompasses everything from happiness to mood. Sport and mental health are closely related and being physically active can decrease stress, slow dementia and cognitive decline, improve mood, lift self esteem and lower the risk of depression and anxiety. 

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1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year


By 2030, it is estimated that two million more adults in the UK will have mental health problems


Some businesses have made wellness a priority consideration of their employees. Employers have integrated a programme into their objectives which included:

  • A back care workshop for heavy labor duty jobs.
  • Occupational health services and activities which included counselling and health screening.
  • Absent management plans which included support and return to work interviews.

Research by the British Heart Foundation found that, as a result from company's prioritising wellness programmes into the workplace, employers have found significant benefits to their employees which have improved productivity and performance in the workplace.

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Reduced sickness absence was evident in 82% of wellness programmes

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Increased employee satisfaction was evident in 25% of wellness programmes

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Reduced staff turnover was evident in 33% of wellness programmes

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Increased productivity was reported in 15% of wellness programmes