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im dreaming of a slimmer christmas

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Moocow Sat 21-Dec-19 11:45:11

I agree and would like it for everyone. Whatever I do/wherever I go, it is far easier to grab something unhealthy, something which gives you that big push in energy levels that you feel in urgent need of and as we know also gives you an even bigger slump in energy later on. Sadly, stress and mental well being, is a big issue in our modern world which probably accounts for all the unwelcome encounters many face just going about everyday life.

petunia Sat 21-Dec-19 11:18:12

Teetime, how right you are. There is something insidious about the NHS culture. The inability to say no, the pressure to be 100% right all the time, the culture of bullying in many parts. We do not treat our NHS staff well. Not having enough staff if a major part but there are many other unpleasant aspects of the culture that demoralise and create stress

having watched The Cure the other day, I wanted to shout at the screen. Staff are put under intolerable conditions and when it all goes wrong, someone way down the food chain gets it all blamed on them. Hardly ever are the decisions and policies of management blamed but an individual nurse is sacked or struck off because she/he was the one who stumbled under conflicting demands. Whoa, I digress

Calendargirl Sat 21-Dec-19 10:00:13

Yes, I agree Hetty58.
The practice nurse telling my DH at his BP check up that she didn’t want to see his BMI go up one point. He could do with losing a few pounds maybe, but the phrase pot and kettle come to mind.

Teetime Sat 21-Dec-19 09:50:31

I lost my weight once I retired from nursing and was able to cook daily from fresh, shop sensibly and eat at reasonable times without the weight of the world on my shoulders.

Hetty58 Sat 21-Dec-19 09:15:33

Quite right, petunia. Employers avoid staff sickness and injury by supporting their workers' health and fitness. It's a win win situation.

I expect a shift is so exhausting that exercise and salads are the last thing anyone would go for - but a lot could be done to encourage healthy choices.

Then there is the role model thing. I was just a bit put out when the practice nurse said that losing some weight would reduce my blood pressure. I'm average weight. She was enormous!

petunia Sat 21-Dec-19 09:01:40

Having a health background, I have many friends on Facebook who also work in the health sector. Many have put short videos on face book of their team or hospital performing dances and carols with suitably modified words linking their speciality and Christmas. The videos are brilliant and funny. I love them. I had one this morning from a hospital in Australia which was lovely.

But I couldn't help but notice that as a group of health professionals, how many of them exceeded their healthy BMI, some by small amounts, some by huge amounts. When I was working I counted myself in the unhealthy BMI by the way so I'm not fat shaming.

All these health professionals worked in high stress areas-emergency departments, labour wards, critical care etc,so the need to be healthy and fit is paramount.

I understand about stress and pressure, no breaks, no canteens offering hot and healthy food, shift work, long shifts etc. to some extent it cant be avoided and these workers know more than most how important self care in diet and exercise is. But its such a struggle.

So I got to ponder on the responsibility of the employer to do more to support these workers in being a healthy weight. I'm not suggesting compulsory slimming clubs or long distance runs before an early shift. But recognition or rewards for positive behaviour, access to healthy foods not choc from the vending machine, more intensive support for those that ask for it, stuff along those lines. The work environment for our health workers is toxic for many in terms of their physical and mental health.

A healthy , fit workforce could be more productive, more energetic, have less morbidities and most importantly, be excellent role models for their patients.

Am I unreasonable to ask Santa to bring some TLC and support for our health professionals?