An active, healthy workforce means a happy, healthy business
On average, we spend 60% of our waking hours at work and most of this time is spent sitting. Being inactive is the 4th leading risk factor for global mortality. However, just 150 minutes of activity a week, or 20-30 minutes every day, is all that is needed to improve a person's overall health and wellbeing.
A more active workforce can result in
- increased productivity
- lower rates of early retirement due to ill health
- reduced absenteeism and quick return to work after illness
- fewer workplace injuries
- greater staff retention
- engaged employees
- reduced costs to train new staff
- improvements in communications
- a more positive corporate image.
Being active has many positive effects on work performance, but it can also improve motivation, energy and stress levels.
Get Berkshire Active has worked with a range of workplaces to help them encourage employees to be more active. Even small changes can make a big difference.
Organised for NHS employees this Badminton tournament took place in 2018
Our next campaign - Walk a Mile in May
We're encouraging you to step away from your desks and head outside for a walk with colleagues, reaping not only the physical benefits that come with being more active but the mental and social benefits too.
This challenge will start on the 1st of May and end on the 31st of May.
It doesn't matter how much walking you do, all levels are welcome to join.
Sign up to the new Activity Tracker
The average UK worker spends more than 8 hours a day sitting down (whether that's at a desk or on the sofa) and 1 in 4 of us are doing less than 30 minutes of activity a week. This level of physical inactivity is having a detrimental effect on our health, causing 1 in 6 deaths in the UK (the same as smoking!).
To encourage you to be more active at work, Get Berkshire Active invite you and your colleagues to sign up to their free Activity Tracker.
Why? Because people who are physically active (achieving the recommended 150 minutes of moderately intense activity per week), can reduce their risk of more than 20 chronic diseases, including a 30% reduced risk of depression.
Sign up to the free Activity Tracker and find out if you're achieving the recommended 150 minutes of moderately intense activity per week.
- Log your daily activities
- Connect to wearable Apps: FitBit, Strava, GoogleFit
- Earn activity points
- View your daily, weekly, monthly achievements including totals for distance, steps, calories and CO2 saved.
- Log activities during challenge weeks or months and be in with a chance of winning a prize! See below for details regarding our next challenge
Step by Step guide to get you signed up
- Go to www.getberkshireactive.org/tracker
- You will be presented with a page titled 'Sportsuite Sign in', click on the 'Sign Up' tab and create an account.
- Once logged in, if you're not automatically taken to your Activity Tracker page you can navigate to it via the 'dashboard' link in the top right hand corner, followed by the 'Activity Tracker' link in the body of the next page.
- Use 'connect apps' to sync your existing wearable or app.
NB Logging activity during a campaign period will automatically include you in this campaign.
Physical Activity Champion Training
As part of the Active Workplace programme, Get Berkshire Active can deliver a 90 minute workshop to train members of staff up as named Physical Activity Champions.
Champions will learn:
- About the Active Workplace programme and how it can be utilised to motivate and inspire colleagues to improve their physical activity levels
- how physical activity can
- improve their colleague's health and wellbeing
- benefit the employer
- how to make use of opportunities where they interact with colleagues to have a conversation about physical activity and its benefits
- practical ideas, resources and sources of support to be able to implement physical activity initiatives within your workplace, or signpost your workforce to clubs, venues and opportunities to get active
Champions can be recruited from any job role (they don't have to be from a HR/Health and Wellbeing background), and we would encourage you to nominate employees who you feel would be excellent communicators and motivators to encourage your workforce to increase their physical activity levels.
Your trained Champions will then help your organisation in promoting physical activity campaigns and messages amongst your workforce.
To help us tackle inactivity in the workplace and for more information please contact:
Healthy Communities Manager (West Berkshire)
- 01628 472851