Happy New Year! I hope that those of you who were able to get a break over the festive period had the chance to relax and feel rested as we head into 2021.

It’s inevitable with the start of another lockdown that a lot of us will feel worried, alone and tired of the challenges we continue to face with COVID-19. However, with the second vaccine being approved and commencement of the roll out, there is a lot more hope that some normality will resume in spring.

Despite the lockdown, this time of year is the perfect opportunity to set new intentions and make improvements to your life. Find things that make you feel good, no matter how small. To support you with this, why not join our webinar next Wednesday on how to make healthy habits permanent in your day to day life. More details on registering are included below.

Did you know?

  • 40% of our daily actions are based on habits; it takes an average of 66 days for a new behaviour to become a habit
  • Sticking to five healthy habits in adulthood could add more than a decade to your life
  • Consistently kind people have 23% less cortisol (the stress hormone) and age slower than the average population


Healthy Habits Factsheet

Do you want to create a new healthy habit? Find some ideas to support you with this factsheet. From changing your diet to stopping smoking, a change to your lifestyle could be all you need to put that spring back in your step.


Join our webinar – creating healthy habits 

Do you want to improve your lifestyle but don’t know where to start? Perhaps you want to break a bad habit and form some positive new ones? Join Ailsa Hichens, Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach in a 45-minute webinar at 12.30pm next Wednesday 13th January, to hear her talk about the importance of habits, with hints and tips to support in having the right mindset to supercharge the new you! Register here.


NHS Better Health

Get expert support making healthier choices with NHS Better Health. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, stop smoking or exercise more, explore their range of One You apps designed to help you achieve your health goals. Find out more here.


Stop drinking for Dry January

It’s the UK’s one-month booze-free challenge that helps millions reset their relationship with alcohol every year. Download the free app Try Dry and track your drinking. To help with this, you can:

  • Make your intentions known. Tell your friends and family so they can support you
  • Give yourself short-term goals, for example a reward at the end of each week
  • Make time for self-care; manage feelings of overwhelm or stress and take care of your body and mind
  • Keep a journal


Action for Happiness – Photo Competition

Here is January’s Action for Happiness calendar: 31 days of small challenges to help create a happier you! Send us your pictures of you completing some of the challenges to colleague.communications@greencore.com and the best entry will win a prize! Get snapping!

Peer-to-peer support – Talk2Us

Now more than ever we need to talk to those around us about how we are feeling. Whether you’re working in our factories, from home, or supporting the business on furlough, you can get access to the emotional and social support you need. Chat in confidence with our volunteer colleagues about how you are feeling. Call 01246 385290 or email Talk2Us@greencore.com Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm.

Help and support with Grocery Aid

Need advice with emotional, financial, or health problems? You’re not alone. Get the help you need, when you need it through Grocery Aid’s free, confidential 24/7 helpline: 08088 021 122.

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”



Julie Routledge

Head of Occupational Health


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