We are very happy to be able to announce that the Health and wellbeing benefits survey 2015 is now available to view and download.
This is our sixth annual survey, gathering information on which health and wellbeing benefits UK employers are offering to their staff and how they are being delivered. The survey examines factors considered by companies and employees when considering health and wellbeing benefits; the level of influence each benefit has on attracting and retaining staff and the methods companies are using to research benefits and their perceptions of brokers.
Colin Perry, Corporate Channel Manager explains: “Clearly we’re pleased that health and wellbeing is still a priority among both employees and company decision makers. With 91% of companies offering a dental plan feeling it enhances employee wellbeing, it seems that company decision makers understand there is a direct link between oral health and the overall wellbeing of their staff, which is something that we strongly support.”
This year, our key findings include:
- 92% of employers believe that a dental plan shows they care about their employees.
- 70% of employers agree that a dental plan helps to attract new employees.
- 76% of employers say that having a dental plan helps match what their competitors are offering.
For a more in depth look, please download the full survey the survey today!
Great news for all of us here at Denplan! We have scooped ‘Best Dental Benefits Provider’ for the sixth year running at the 2015 Health Insurance Awards.
Held on Thursday 15 October at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, the Health Insurance Awards, gathers together around 800 industry leaders in the health insurance and protection industry to recognise the achievements of exceptional individuals, providers and intermediaries across a range of categories.
At a glittering awards ceremony and gala dinner, the leading health insurance advisors and providers were treated to a champagne reception, three course meal and were entertained by broadcaster, writer and former MP and Government Whip Gyles Brandreth.
Our Head of Corporate, Pam Whelan, said: “We’re extremely proud to once again win the award for Best Dental Benefits Provider. We value the fact that the awards are won because of votes from intermediaries and we would like to thank everyone that voted again for us this year. During the last year Denplan has made further enhancements to our corporate dental plans with the launch of eldercare benefits and the enhancement to our online services system with the introduction of ‘single sign on’ for employees. Having won this award six times in a row, it’s important we don’t get complacent – we will continue working hard to develop our dental benefits proposition and to find innovative ways to support intermediaries and clients going forward.”
For more information about our range of corporate plans, please call 0800 838 951 or go to www.denplan.co.uk/companies.
Denplan launches its largest ever national TV advertising campaign with #doitforyourselfie
Very exciting news from us today! On Wednesday, we announced that we are running a national TV advertising campaign throughout October!
The first airing of the TV ad will be on primetime television during the Scotland v Samoa Rugby World Cup match on the afternoon of Saturday 10th October and it will be aired for three weeks on a host of popular channels, including ITV, Channel 4, Sky and Channel 5.
The ad will help us to engage with a larger audience and build affinity with more consumers, alerting them to the importance of loving their teeth and looking after their oral health and encouraging them to find and talk to a Denplan dentist.
Richard Ward, Head of Marketing commented: “The ad has moved away from the typical clinical or educational advertisements that could be for any number of dental products. Instead, viewers will see a memorable, impactful ad using humour to engage them. The ad plays on today’s selfie-obsessed culture by using humour to dramatise what happens when people lack confidence about their teeth whilst taking a selfie. There is also a fun interactive element with the incorporation of a hashtag (#doitforyourselfie) encouraging people to generate and post their own selfie via Twitter, Instagram or via www.doitforyourselfie.co.uk.”
As one of the UK’s leading providers of corporate dental plans, with more than 1,900 schemes covering over 190,000 employees, we’re encouraging companies to take note of the campaign and use the opportunity to raise awareness and educate your employees about the importance of good oral health. Promotional marketing packs containing a double-sided selfie zone poster have also being sent to corporate clients with employees also eligible to enter the #doitforyourselfie competition.
If you needed any more motivation to quit smoking, we’ve collated a few of the most shocking facts to get you into gear.
- Smoking is the biggest cause of death and illness in the UK. More than 120,000 people die each year from diseases caused by smoking.
- There are more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke and at least 43 of these chemicals can cause cancer.
- On average, the life of a smoker can be as much as 16 years shorter than the life of someone who doesn’t smoke.
- Only 3 in every 100 people manage to stop smoking permanently using will power alone.
- Relapse most frequently occurs in the first few days of a quit attempt when withdrawal symptoms are the greatest.
- 9 out of 10 smokers relapse in the afternoon or evening.
- Research shows smokers are 67% more likely to quit if their partner also stops smoking, 36% more likely to quit if a friend stops and 34% more likely to quit if someone they work with quits.
- Smoking is our biggest preventable killer: 80,000 people die a year in England because of smoking.
- Stopping smoking is the single best thing a person can do for their health.
- On average most people who quit save about £250 each month, which is nearly £3,000 a year.
- More than 80% of secondhand smoke is invisible and odourless.
- Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals including arsenic, benzene and cyanide. More than 50 of the irrtants or toxins are known carcinogens and they’re the ones that can cause cancer.
- People who breathe in secondhand smoke are at risk of the same diseases as smokers, including cancer and heart disease.
- Breathing in secondhand smoke increases a child’s or an adult’s risk of lung cancer by 24% and heart disease by 25%.
- Babies exposed to secondhand smoke are more at risk of cot death.
Smokers across the country have signed up to Stoptober 2015, a 28-day mass quit attempt from Public Health England (PHE), to receive support and encouragement every step of the way from some of the nation’s top comedians.
But do they also realise the added benefits that being smoke-free can have on their mouths?
Here at Denplan, oral health and a preventive approach to maintaining a healthy mouth is at the heart of what we do. Smokers are at a significantly higher risk of suffering from gum disease, tooth decay and even mouth cancer. Regular visits to their dentist play a vital role in detecting early signs of potential problems.
And to stand an even better chance of quitting, they are encouraged to sign up with their friends, family and colleagues, as evidence reveals that this type of ‘social quitting’ can dramatically improve people’s chances of successfully stopping. Smokers are 67% more likely to quit when their spouse quits smoking and 34% more likely when a colleague stops.* So why not encourage your employees to sign up and take advantage of the personalised support this October?
To help your employees quit smoking, click here for posters and how to sign up.
We already have more than enough sugar in our diets from naturally-occurring sources such as whole fruits, vegetables and milk (these are intrinsic sugars) and we don’t need or benefit from eating the sugars that are added to our food and drink.
Sugar-Free September is all about giving up the sugars that are added to our foods and drinks and to help you along, we have a fantastic sugar free recipe for blueberry muffins! Give it a go, and why not tweet us your photos?
- 300g self-raising flour
- 100g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- 250g fresh blueberries
- 125g xylitol
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 140ml semi skimmed milk
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 190℃ / fan 170℃ / gas mark 5 and line a muffin tray with paper muffin cases.
- Using an electric hand whisk, cream together the butter and xylitol until light and fluffy. Gradually whisk in the beaten eggs a little bit at a time until fully mixed in. Don’t worry if the mixture separates slightly.
- Stir in the milk and vanilla extract then fold in the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Fold in the blueberries and spoon the mixture into the muffin cases. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean (cakes made with xylitol tend not to brown as much as cakes made with sugar).
- Leave the blueberry muffins to cool in the tray for a few minutes before transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
We recently asked 2,000 people in an online survey with OnePoll* about their sugar habits and knowledge, and found some surprising results. Take a look at our infographic for the highlights!
The results also showed a clear need for more clarity on labelling of products, as 54% of respondents admitted that they wanted to reduce their sugar consumption, but just one in five could decipher whether a product contains sugar by reading ingredient labels.
What are the benefits of going sugar free?
As well as reducing your risk of tooth decay, you may also experience weight loss, improved skin and increased energy levels! Giving up processed sugar can have many benefits on your oral health and overall health. Here are a few:
- You’ll reduce the chance of tooth decay
- You may lose weight
- You may feel better and have more energy because you’ll avoid the ‘sugar slump’ you get after eating sugar
- Your skin may improve
- Your immune system may improve
- You may reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes
- You may reduce your chances of developing heart disease
- It may slow down the ageing process
- It may reduce your sugar cravings/addiction
- It may improve your mood and stress levels
From a dental perspective, it’s worth noting that it’s how often you eat sugar throughout the day that causes tooth decay, rather than how much. However, from an overall health perspective, it is important to limit your sugar intake and not exceed the daily guidelines (approximately 70g for men and 50g for women).