Stand up to feel good in the office

Gillian Cooper
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Standing up generally gets a bad press. How many times have we heard our mums or mates complain 'Oh I've been on my feet all day,' and shot a sympathetic smile their way and a few consolatory words.
In fact, recent studies show their efforts could be bringing benefits to their health and general well-being.

What’s the deal with belly fat? Men's Health Week 12-18 June 2017

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It's often jokingly referred to as the 'spare tyre' but, unlike the vehicular kind, this one is much more likely to cause us trouble rather than get us out of it.
We're talking, of course, about belly fat which, between 12th and 18th June this year, forms the focus of Men's Health Week - the annual nationwide initiative aimed at promoting longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives.

Is your pay protected?

Gillian Cooper
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What would you do if you couldn’t work? A new survey, by Legal & General has revealed that less than a quarter (24%) of British employees know that Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is currently set at less than £100 per week. In fact it is currently just £88.45 a week for up to 28 weeks.
The latest official figure puts the average UK weekly wage at £496, from which the take home wage is £400 a week. With SSP coming in at just £88.45 a week, it’s easy to see that the sums just don’t add up. If you can’t work, SSP doesn’t go very far in plugging the hole in your finances.

Reboot Your Life - Reassess, detox and get organised

Gillian Cooper
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Do you feel that your life has strayed off track? Are you feeling stuck or exhausted? Perhaps small changes aren’t making the difference you need?
It’s time to reboot and start again when it comes to the parts of life which just aren’t going to plan. Follow our tips below to detox, reorganise and reschedule your life.

#HeartUnions - Durham Miners' Gala

Gillian Cooper
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We’re looking back on key events in union history. In this blog post, we cover the Durham Miners Gala.
Famed for its rousing colliery bands, bright banners and for being one of the biggest trade union gatherings in the whole of Europe, Durham Miners' Gala occupies a special - and prominent - place in the trade union calendar.

#HeartUnions Week - Burston School Strike

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To commemorate Heart Unions Week, we’re looking back on key events in union history. In this blog post, we cover the Burston School Strike.
What's your most enduring memory from schooldays? Coming second in the 200m sprint on sports day? Taking the lead in the annual drama production? Or how about kicking off the longest strike in history?

#HeartUnions Week - Chainmakers' Festival

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To commemorate Heart Unions Week, we’re looking back on key events in union history. In this blog post, we cover the Chainmakers’ Strike in 1910 and the Chainmakers Festival.
1910: the year Old Trafford was opened, George V succeeded to the British throne, and the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath in the Black Country won minimum wage following a ten-week strike, effectively doubling their pay.

'Women underestimating their financial importance'

Gillian Cooper
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21/08/2014
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Failure to take out income protection or life insurance cover means many UK women are inadvertently putting their families' financial futures at risk.
According to a report by insurance group Aegon, working women are not considering the implications of long-term illness or premature death on their nearest and dearest.