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Category: Health & fitness

Hounslow is the latest council to incentivise better health with BetterPoints

It is well-known, nowadays, that physical inactivity is a killer. It’s responsible for one in six deaths in the UK (equal to smoking) and is estimated to cost us £7.4 billion annually [Public Health England, 2019]. It can cause serious health problems such as obesity, chronic heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes.   Poor diet is also a major risk factor for premature death [NHS, 2021]. Almost two-thirds of adults in England are overweight or obese, while obesity-related…
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BetterPoints rewards are incentivising healthy activity in Hounslow

We are delighted to announce that the One You Hounslow rewards programme in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow starts this week! We’re delivering a public health programme that rewards people for getting active, eating healthily and stopping smoking. The Borough has a strong vision to help more residents into better health, and is…
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Ebbsfleet commissions fourth year of BetterPoints incentives for healthy behaviours

We are delighted to announce that the Get Active in Ebbsfleet rewards challenge, powered by BetterPoints in partnership with Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, moves into a fourth year. We have been seeing outstanding year-on-year growth since its commencement. This kind of repeat activity has returned real benefits, and means we can continue to encourage local people…
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Public health incentives, rewards and behaviour change? We do that!

Excitingly, innovations for motivating physical activity have become all the rage. The UK government recently declared it is spending £70 million to encourage 700,000 people to lose weight, and is considering offering financial incentives. And, last week, a new body was announced – the Office for Health Promotion – which will ‘lead national efforts to…
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UCL researchers used BetterPoints data to discover over-65s were more physically active than other age groups during lockdown

A team from University College London (UCL) used BetterPoints tracking data to analyse the effect of the first UK lockdown on physical activity levels across age groups. The research found that older people maintained higher levels of physical activity than their younger counterparts during the first lockdown and were quicker to increase physical activity as…
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The lady who uses lockdown to hide gnomes on a Leicestershire housing estate

When Becky’s new hobby got out of hand, she put it to use in cheering up her local neighbourhood. Becky makes gnomes. Not the sort you see in gardens, fishing in ponds with their trousers down, but the Scandinavian variety with tall, felt hats over their eyes and beards that reach their feet. It’s not…
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Spotting the warning signs of home-working burnout

The coronavirus pandemic has turned the world of work on its head for many employers. HR leaders that were used to seeing employees face-to-face are now having to manage them remotely. To make matters harder, the dramatically changing circumstances are taking their toll on the mental health of those employees. Last June, mental health charity…
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‘Covid’s impact on my mental health was gradual; I didn’t wake up one morning and say “Oh, I don’t feel right”’

Hannah Byk is BetterPoints’ National Programme Account Manager. Here she opens up candidly and movingly about the onset of depression during the coronavirus pandemic. Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last 12 months, we can all see the impact Covid-19 has had on us all: financially (tick), lack of a social life and…
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5-a-Day: Business-ready incentives tool to help prevent a workforce mental health crisis

Our new 5-a-Day HR tool uses BetterPoints’ pioneering behaviour change technology to help prevent a mental health crisis among staff working from home – a crisis that is forecast to last well after the virus has been brought under control. As many as 10 million people will need new or additional mental health support as…
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Employee well-being and mental health addressed by BetterPoints 5-a-DAY WFH programme

A new tool from behaviour change technology experts BetterPoints aims to prevent a wellbeing crisis among staff working from home.   Almost a fifth of the UK population will need mental health support as a direct consequence of Covid-19, reported the Guardian last week. Meanwhile, the Mirror revealed that office workers fear their mental health will suffer if they have to spend…
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BetterPoints helped Paul’s mission to stay fit after cancer diagnosis

Nothing is more motivating than hearing stories from BetterPoints users, how they started, the ups and downs and what keeps them going. Recently we heard from Paul, one of the highest achievers in our September Postcard Challenge, which rewarded virtual postcards for walking and cycling. Paul’s story is an inspiring one. It began with a…
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Councils in England face big challenges for active travel

The UK Government has published its new plans for active travel in England. Although the document is titled Gear Change – A bold vision for cycling and walking, it is chiefly a manifesto for cycling (‘cycling’ is mentioned 143 times, ‘walking’ just 75 times). But it is bold. And local authorities will be held to…
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