Local health leaders are encouraging Telford and Wrekin’s employers to get behind their campaign to help staff get fit and active.
A fit and healthy workforce is linked to improved performance with energised employees, reduced stress and reduced sickness. Just 30 minutes exercise a day can improve an employee’s long term health, and this can easily be built around the workplace.
There are a range of free activities that can improve physical and mental health and wellbeing:
- Encourage staff to walk or cycle to work
- Help staff to set-up fitness networks, for example lunchtime walking groups
- Share tips on mindfulness and wellbeing to help staff manage stress
- Reduce back problems by sharing tips on good posture or introducing fun desk-based exercise
- Encourage team work with group challenges on walking, helping staff to take 10,000 steps a day
- Importantly, listen to staff to understand how they can be supported to get fit and active.
Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group is setting the example, after winning the Active Workplace of the Year Award at the Energize Awards.
The CCG was awarded the prize for their commitment to helping staff to get fit and active.
The CCG regularly surveys staff for their opinions and has recently bought new ‘green gym’ exercise equipment as well as promoting cycling to the workplace.
The Energize Awards celebrate the achievements of community projects, schools, workplaces, volunteers and inspirational leaders across the county.
Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford and Wrekin CCG, said: “We are really proud to be presented with the Active Workplace of the Year Award. As a CCG we wanted to lead the way in encouraging local companies to support their staff to get fit and active.
“There are simple steps we can all take to get fit including cycling to work, getting off the bus a stop early and walking or even taking a stroll at lunchtime.
“We know that increased fitness leads to improved work performance, with reduced stress, less sick days and happier staff. We listened to our staff to find the best ways to help them to improve their health and wellbeing, and we are already seeing the benefits.”
For more information about how to get fit and active visit the NHS Choices website.