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Puffell Update

August 1, 2016 12:07

Here at Puffell, we’ve recently celebrated our third birthday. Our third year began at the Health+Care conference and we were able to have so many fantastic conversations. People are becoming increasingly interested in the outcomes we can show to date, which is always exciting and encouraging.

Engagement:

We have reached some big milestones in the last 12 months. There are now more than 5,500 users active on Puffell, and this is increasing every single day. As the community gets larger, we are seeing more engagement across the groups.

Asthma and Viral Wheeze:

We recently launched a number of new spaces on Puffell for you all to use. The first of these was the launch of the asthma and viral wheeze space for adults and the asthma and viral wheeze space for children. Both of the spaces contain information, advice and tips about asthma and viral wheeze. It is there to help you manage your asthma and viral wheeze, allowing you to do more of what you want, when you want to do it.  

COPD:

The chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) deck was our second addition in the last 12 months, offering a space for anyone with COPD to manage their long-term condition and to help keep it under control.

Both the asthma and viral wheeze and COPD spaces offer the ability to create a digital diary, as well as along for cross reference with air pollution and humidity levels. This means that you can recognise and keep track of any trends or patterns.

CAMHS:

Our pilot for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is now live in the Slough region. This space has been developed because young people have been waiting for long periods of time to access support. Puffell is designed to support young people whom can self manage and we are working with the CAMHS team to refer any young people who need service-based intervention.

Health Checks:

We have also had a great opportunity through the development of our digital health checks space. We are in the process of launching a dedicated health checks space where you can get your heart age and then see the impact of your day-to-day life on your heart age. We have been involved in helping to map the national strategy for health checks with Public Health England (PHE), which Puffell will support by offering a digital platform for Health Checks.

Diabetes:

Our bespoke diabetes space is also in development and will be launched later this year. This is a great place for anyone with diabetes to track their condition, as well as writing down what their personal aspirations and goals to determine how best to achieve them.

We strive to demonstrate positive behaviour change; over the last 12 months we can demonstrate positive behaviour change on Puffell.

The above image demonstrates the behaviour change we are starting to see - over an average of 127 days, an average of 4.3 less units were consumed every day; over an average of 158 days there has been an average reduction in cigarettes smoked per day by 7.4 and over an average of 168 days, an average reduction of 3.1kg (that’s half a stone!) has been made.

As you can see, it’s been a very busy year and we hope, with you, the next 12 months brings just as much excitement!

Why not invite your friends and join in the party. https://puffell.com/Pals/FindNewPals

To find out more about Puffell and how it can support you, contact Stephen Theobald on 0151 647 4700 or at stephen.theobald@icecreates,com

Book ICE Health Checks for your workplace

July 21, 2016 12:07

We work with businesses and organisations of all sizes to build a package of workplace wellness support to meet your needs.

Health Checks are a preventative health screening service that help to ensure staff remain fit and healthy and can result in increased business productivity and reduced absenteeism. They have also been recognised as a catalyst to a cultural shift towards a healthier and increasingly engaged workforce.

A Healthy Team Makes for a Healthy Business

We have built a package of different levels of health checks for you to purchase to allow all staff to benefit from a health check.

ICE Health Check

20-30 minutes

Includes: all of the screening components of the NHS Health Check - includes full individual personalised check results report. Results not shared with GP.

ICE Lifestyle MOT

15-20 minutes

Includes: height, weight, BMI recordings, body fat test, blood pressure readings, carbon monoxide test, alcohol, smoking and exercise assessment with results explained and personalised advice.

Following the Health Checks in your workplace, we can also provide a detailed report on the outcomes, which will outline key themes that are present within the workforce and areas of health and wellbeing for particular focus in the future.

These reports would show trends relating to the workforce but would be anonymised to protect the confidentiality of the employees.

In addition, our team offers a range of bespoke wellbeing and lifestyle health packages, including health promotion events and activities such as:

  • Training to become a health champion in your workplace
  • Workplace pedometer challenges
  • ‘Fit Clubs’ to encourage exercise and healthy eating
  • Smoothie bike hire.

To find out more details of our available packages, contact Graeme Morgan on 0845 5193 423 or email graeme.morgan@icecreates.com

Guess who's three!

June 14, 2016 16:15

What a year it's been for Puffell! Where does the time go? So much has happened in the last 12 months... where do I begin?

Just after celebrating our 2nd birthday, we kicked the year off at the Health+Care conference where we were able to have so many fantastic conversations. The want from people to do more for themselves is becoming, it seems, more and more front of mind.

In the last 12 months we have reached some big milestones. First off, there are now more than 5,500 users active on Puffell, and this is increasing every single day. Having a larger community, we are now seeing more engagement across the groups on Puffell. I would encourage everyone to ask questions or offer advice where you can; it can make such a difference.

Not only has our community grown, but we have also launched a number of new spaces on Puffell for you all to use. The first of these was the launch of the asthma and viral wheeze space for adults and the asthma and viral wheeze space for children. Both of the spaces contain information, advice and tips about asthma and viral wheeze. It is there to help you manage your asthma and viral wheeze so you can do more of what you want, when you want to do it.

The chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) deck was our second addition in the last 12 months, offering a space for anyone with COPD to manage their long-term condition and helps to keep it under control.

Both the asthma and viral wheeze and COPD spaces offer the ability to create a digital diary, as well as offering the ability to cross reference with air pollution and humidity levels to allow for any trends or patterns to be recognised.

Our pilot for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is now live in the Slough region. This space has been developed because young people have been waiting for long periods of time to access support. This is an entirely new area for any digital platform to offer support in. Puffell is designed to support young people who can self manage, and we are working with the CAMHS team to refer any young people who need service based intervention.

In line with Mental Health Awareness Week we launched our mood and stress deck, which is a great way to keep track of things such as mood and the amount of sleep you get – both can have a big impact on how you feel!

Here at Puffell we have had a great opportunity through the development of our digital health checks space. We are going to be launching a dedicated Health Checks space where you can get your heart age and then see the impact of your day-to-day life on your heart age. As well as this, we have been involved in helping to map the national strategy for Health Checks with Public Health England (PHE), which Puffell will support - offering a digital platform for Health Checks.

As you can see it’s been a very busy year and we hope that, with you, the next 12 months brings just as much excitement!

Why not invite your friends and celebrate our third birthday with us tonight: https://puffell.com/Pals/FindNewPals

- Stephen