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Managers urged to set healthy living example to staff

12 November 2007

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Practice managers need to set a good example to their staff by taking exercise, a new report claims.

Legal & General said senior employees are generally leading positive lifestyles by keeping fit and healthy.

The survey of 2,000 adults by the firm found bosses are less likely to complain that they do not have time to exercise or follow a healthy diet.

Almost a third of managers said they know what they should eat to stay healthy, compared with one in five members of staff.

Dr John Delfosse, medical officer for Legal & General Group Protection business, said: “Exercise and diet have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of employees. Different responsibilities at work entail different health risks.

“As this research shows, people in managerial roles are often more likely to suffer from symptoms of stress than their junior colleagues, but on the whole follow a healthier lifestyle.”

Managing director Diane Buckley added: “The research would indicate that senior managers are possibly taking advantage of benefits available to them in the workplace to ensure they have a healthy lifestyle.

“It would be great if those same managers were seen as an example to their staff by encouraging them to also exercise and follow a healthy diet.”

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