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Talks, lunch & learns and management briefings

Lou speaks on a range of workplace health-related topics which are outlined below. 

Lou tailors talks to suit a theme, audience and time frame and they typically last 45-60 mins with or without Q&A. They can be interactive and work well as part of a major wellbeing event or as a series of monthly wellbeing talks. Why not ask employees to choose the topics they're interested in?

Half and full day workshops offer a way to develop one or more topics in more depth.
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The big questions: Why are we overweight, why does it matter and what we can do about it?

An introduction the links between obesity and ill health Our environment, our gut, our food, our sleep – how they’re involved How the workplace can be part of the solution

We need to stand up for ourselves! Why sitting increases health risk, makes us fat and wrecks our bodies (but it’s easy to fix)

The difference between physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour Why sitting is so bad for us Ways to reduce sedentary behaviour at work

Physical activity: ‘If it was a drug it would be a wonder drug’

Why is physical activity so good for us? How much is enough? (Less than you think) Ways to get more physical activity into your working day.

Give your workplace a nudge: small changes for big health gains

How our environment affects our mental and physical health Insights from behavioural research to explore how we develop our health habits (good and bad) Hacks to make the healthy choice the easier choice, automatically

Sleep: Why 99.9% of us need at least seven hours a night

The powers of sleep in learning, performance and health and the costs to business and society if we don’t get enough Causes of sleep deprivation in today’s society Practical ways to improve our sleep

The gut: our second brain and our second genome, and why it’s instrumental to our health

How the gut affects our health, including immune function, mental health and weight How the way we live today affects our gut Ways to improve gut function, health and energy

Office cake: sociable morale-booster or health risk?

The Royal College of Surgeons Dental Faculty and Public Health England have speculated that taking sweet treats to work for colleagues to share is contributing to dental and obesity-related ill health Lou's research reveals insights and misconceptions about office workers' opinions on cake, and presents a fantastic opportunity to enhance health culture ... without a cake ban Explore collaborative, employee-led ways to recharge wellbeing initiatves.

Using nature to enhance workplace health

‘Biophilia’ is our innate human need to affiliate with the natural world. Research suggests we are happier and healthier at work if we can associate with nature The workplace is perceived as more pleasant if elements of nature are part of the design, such as daylight, fresh air, plants or even images of plants Explore ways to bring the outside in or get outside during the working day.

Making sense of sugar and carbohydrates

What are carbohydrates and what do they do in the body? Where does sugar fit in? A look at the research to cut through some of the confusion from conflicting messages around how much we should or shouldn’t be eating Practical, pragmatic suggestions to improve health.

Making sense of fats

What are the different types of fat and what are their functions in the body? A look at the current research about fats in our diets. Why is there so much confusion? Practical, pragmatic suggestions to improve health.

Processed foods: what do we need to know?

What is processed food? Is it all bad? A look at why ultra-processed food is irresistible and why we should eat less of it Practical, pragmatic suggestions to improve health.

Weight loss: what do we need to know?

Why is it so easy to put on weight? Why is it so hard to lose weight? Was it always this way? What’s changed? A look at the issues around weight loss and a bit of myth-busting Things to consider around weight loss: different approaches, keeping it off, some things that might help.

A lifestyle medicine approach to workplace wellbeing: balancing sleep, relaxation, nutrition and movement for a healthier, happier life

Doctors are developing the practice of ‘lifestyle medicine’ to prevent, treat and reverse disease by addressing the underlying causes. A look at how different aspects of lifestyle interconnect to influence health, particularly sleep, stress management and relaxation which are often pushed to the back of the queue after diet and exercise Practical ways to introduce some lifestyle medicine principles into the working day.

Address your stress

One in six British employees will suffer from a stress-related illness which, if untreated, could lead to mental and physical ill health. What is excess stress, how can we deal with it and how do we prevent it? Ways to reduce work-related stress for individuals and organisations.