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IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH AT WORK!

The 8 week National Workplace Challenge begins on Monday, 8th January 2018. This is being led by the Herts Sports Partnership.   Organisations from across the county will be taking part.  It is a FREE 8 week challenge which encourages staff to avoid sitting at their desks all day and to build activity into and around their working days.

The message for the campaign is to “make every minute count!”. The aim is to do at least 10 minutes of activity per day.

Research conducted by the British Heart Foundation has shown that staff who have taken part in the workplace challenge in previous years have reported improvements in mood, concentration and sleep.   Mental health has improved with a 30% reduction in risk of depression and sickness absenteeism has reduced by an average of 0.6 days per employee. The companies involved in the challenge have reported boosted company morale, improved relationships between staff and employer, increased networking and communication between employees and departments and an achievement of core business aims.

To sign up, individuals need to click on the link below to register:
http://www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/2018challenge

Once signed up, they need to log their activity each week either on the workplace challenge website, via the workplace challenge app or by syncing a Fitbit to the website. Everyone who logs activity will earn activity points. There are prizes to be won throughout the challenge.    There are prizes for the companies that log the most points but also spot prizes given to individuals who log their activity.  This challenge isn’t just for the ultra-fit and active.   It is about encouraging those that do very little to try and fit 10 minutes of activity into their daily lives. This can be by parking the car a little further away in the car park, taking the stairs instead of the lift or going for a brisk 10 minute walk.

Throughout the 8 week challenge, individuals will be sent motivational messages and receive information about where to get active in the county. After the 8 week challenge, we will continue to encourage staff to keep up their new active lifestyles through various activities and other challenges throughout the year.
For further information, please contact Fiona Deans, f.deans@herts.ac.uk

 

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