A recent study has linked long commute to poor diet. We now spend on average 56mins commuting each day – increasing stress levels, raising blood pressure, reducing time spent preparing healthy foods and exercising. The report estimated a 29% increase in fast food consumption as a result of tired weary hungry commuters snacking on convenient foods, and recommend retailers stocking healthier foods.
Of the people surveyed, 55% said the commute increased their stress levels, Over a third said the commute decreases their sleep time, and 41% said the commute impacts the amount of time they exercise.
The report calls for increased flexible working hours to reduce commuting numbers during peak times. Greater restrictions on fast food outlets and declassification of first class carriages in all commuter trains.
If you would like to improve staff wellbeing you could improve flexible working hours and make available our online health and wellbeing courses which are our usual onsite seminars now delivered conveniently online allowing employees to watch on-demand. Our occupational health screening also give you and employees the opportunity to identify if their health can be improved. The screenings include blood pressure measurement, glucose and cholesterol testing with results in 10 minutes.