If you usually take stories of successful health interventions with men or at work with a pinch of salt, the MHF's latest report will have you thinking again. Report author Isabella Surpluss summarises the findings.
In its work with the Royal Mail for the Food Standards Agency on men and salt, the MHF has demonstrated yet again how the workplace can be used to deliver effective health interventions.
In the UK, 85% of men eat too much salt. This is linked to raised blood pressure, which in turn increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Research has also shown that men's knowledge and attitudes towards key health issues such as nutrition and weight often provide a key barrier to improving their health.
The primary aim of this project was to use the workplace to communicate the FSA's key salt messages. It took place at the Royal Mail's Greenford Mail Centre, Middlesex, a facility with 2,000 employees, from a wide range of age groups and ethnic backgrounds, two thirds of whom are men. They were offered:
Evaluation before and after the intervention involved 389 members of staff of whom 272 were male. The study found that although there was a mixed response to the lower salt products offered in the
Canteen, there was a:
'always' adding salt to food when cooking
The evaluation study showed that while men value different methods of delivery from women, a workplace intervention targeted at men can produce positive change both in men's awareness of the impact of salt on health and in their claimed health behaviours.
Engagement with partner organisations helped produce a diverse range of intervention components as well as helping other partners meet their corporate social objectives.
caterers and employees can help facilitate positive change in canteen
food, whilst maintaining commercial viability. Working together may
also assist partners fulfil their corporate social responsibilities.
effective in facilitating positive change in men's awareness of the
impact of salt on health.
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