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Young People in the Workplace pledge: a call for organisations

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Pledge aims to better support young people lead healthier lives when they start their working career.

The Responsibility Deal Health at Work network is today announcing the new Young People in the Workplace pledge that all employers can sign up to. The pledge aims to better support young people lead healthier lives when they start their working career.

A number of companies and organisations have already signed up to the Young People in the Workplace pledge including: Mars, dairy company Rodda’s, leading foodservice supplier 3663, contract caterer Bartlett Mitchell and the Department of Health.

They are also joined by Mental Health First Aid England, Community Interest Company, along with 15 local primary schools and sports clubs in the North East.

Dame Carol Black said:

“Starting your first job is daunting for almost everyone and is stressful for many. It is a time when life changes, with new daily routines, new lifestyles and habits that can last, affecting health and wellbeing for years ahead.

“So it’s important that young people, still at an impressionable age, are encouraged and supported in many ways, and especially to eat well, take regular physical activity, drink sensibly, avoid or stop smoking and to look after their mental health.

“The workplace offers us a major opportunity to make sure this happens, at every age but especially for the young.”

The workplace is an ideal setting for communicating messages about health and wellbeing. By introducing young workers to the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, they are more likely to maintain these behaviours throughout their working life and beyond, passing this knowledge on to future co-workers, friends and family.

Find out more about the Young People at Work pledge.