New campaign to get Herefordshire and Worcestershire workers more active

New campaign to get Herefordshire and Worcestershire workers more active

Posted: Mon, 29 Jan 2018 14:18

New campaign to get Herefordshire and Worcestershire workers more active

New campaign to get Herefordshire and Worcestershire workers more active

Figures show Brits sit down for an average 8.9 hours each day and one in four of us do fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a week – alarming statistics, which are the driving force behind a campaign to combat inactivity amongst busy workers across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

The 2018 Active Workplace Challenge is an eight-week initiative from the County Sports Partnership Network (CSPN) run in collaboration with Sports Partnership Herefordshire & Worcestershire (SPHW), designed to improve mental and physical wellbeing and breakdown the culture of a desk-bound lunch.

Running until March 4th, this year's message is 'make every minute count', as workplaces across the two counties are encouraged to join forces and introduce ten minute bitesized chunks of physical activity before, during and after work.

Sign up to the campaign and you can track your activity online and easily compare your activity levels to other participating individuals and organisations in the area and nationwide.

The focus this year will be on bite size chunks of activity, encouraging workers to step away from their desks and out of the office during the lightest and brightest part of the day. Workers are also encouraged to walk, jog, run or cycle one mile each day during the challenge, with a particular emphasis on stepping away from their desks and tackling the culture of a desk-bound lunch.

Stephen Brewster, Chief Executive at SPHW said: "It's all too easy to stay at the desk over lunch, or to work late in the office to meet a deadline, but this is contributing to a worrying trend of inactivity amongst the working population. Too many of us aren't getting the recommended 150 minutes of exercise in a week – and it's having a serious impact on our mental and physical health, not to mention the productivity of workers.

"The 2018 Active Workplace Challenge is about giving people the support and inspiration to get up on their feet and bring physical activity into and around their working day."

There will be a series of initiatives, events, inspiration and advice provided by SPHW, designed to help people improve their physical and mental wellbeing by getting more active in and around their working day. Together with the Workplace Challenge online activity tracking resource, it couldn't be easier to get involved.

To find out more about how your workplace can get involved in the 2018 Active Workplace Challenge visit https://www.sportspartnershiphw.co.uk/workplace-challenge

Tags: Workplace Health