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Newcastle United Foundation Awarded North East Better Health At Work Bronze Award

Newcastle United Foundation have been celebrating after being awarded the Bronze Award by North East Better Health at Work.

The Better Health at Work Awards were developed by the NHS in partnership with Public Health North East. They were designed to help develop health and wellbeing initiatives in workplaces across the region, leading to better quality of life for workers.

The Bronze Award is the foundation level of the award, with organisations who fulfil the requirements able to begin working towards the Silver, and ultimately Gold awards.

The path to Gold usually takes around three years to complete. However, Newcastle United Foundation managed to secure the Bronze Award within just six months, a remarkable achievement.

As part of the scheme organisations appoint advocates from the workforce to help organise health and wellbeing campaigns, such as the Foundation’s NHS Health Checks, and our Stop Smoking drop-in centres.

Ashley Lowe, Health Project Coordinator for the Foundation, was integral to the Foundation receiving the award.

Ashley said: “I’m so pleased that we’re been awarded our Better Health at Work Bronze Award – we’ve introduced some well received initiatives for Foundation staff to access over the last six months, including fresh fruit in the office, fitness classes and stop smoking support. Its boosted staff morale and helped to bond the team.  We managed to complete the Bronze Award in 6 months compared to the usual 12 mainly down to the enthusiasm and hard work of all our advocates and the positive response of the campaigns from the staff.

She added: ‘It’s really important that we continue to give staff encouragement and opportunities to make healthier choices in their day to day life. We’re already starting to implement new ideas as we aim for the Silver Award!’

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