Thousands of employees across the UK took part in the Workplace Challenge Midday Mile during May, as part of the first ever nationwide Workplace Health Week which ran from 18-22nd May.
The Midday Mile initiative, organised by Workplace Challenge in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and England’s County Sports Partnerships (CSPs), invited staff to get active during their lunch breaks by either walking, running, jogging or cycling in one of the nationwide mile events, designed to get the UK’s workforce moving as well as raising funds for BHF.
A series of county events took place across the country including Devon, West Yorkshire and Essex. In Birmingham, participants even had the opportunity to canoe.
Kirsty Ingham, spokesperson for Leap, the Sport and Activity Partnership for Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes said: “Most office workers spend more than six hours a day sat down at their desks and all the evidence shows that this is simply not healthy. In addition, it’s not good for companies either because research shows that not taking a lunch break makes us less productive. Working flat out through the day makes you sluggish and slows down your output.”
Lisa Young, Health at Work manager at BHF added: “By keeping physically active you can help reduce your risk of developing devastating conditions. As we spend such a large proportion of our week either at, or travelling to and from work, finding ways to increase our levels of activity in the workplace is a critical part of the health and fitness jigsaw.”
Rachel Western, Healthcare Principal at Aon Employee Benefits said: “Research shows that only 1 in 5 office workers take a regular lunch break, yet taking a break—even for 15 to 20 minutes—is a proven way to sustain concentration and energy levels throughout the day. Regular activity has been shown to improve health risks so combining the two with an ‘activity break’ can positively impact employees both mentally and physically and should be encouraged by employers who can reap the rewards of a healthier workforce.”
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