Workplace Health Scheme Boosts Take Up For Get Active Challenge


Workplace Health Scheme Boosts Take Up For Get Active Challenge

GE Money Truro, HM Revenue & Customs St Austell and Carlyon Bay Occupational Health are amongst organisations taking part for the first time in the 2013 Corporate Get Active Challenge!

Aimed at getting workplaces more active, the third six-week Corporate Get Active Challenge gives all Cornish companies and organisations the opportunity to compete against one another while circumnavigating the Cornish coastline.

Promoted by Cornwall's Workplace Health scheme and through the Workplace Health Awards in February 2013, the Challenge is attracting new organisations, teams and challengers who are keen to improve their fitness and wellbeing.

In 2009/10, 23.4 million days were lost by British Industry due to work-related ill health, and the annual economic cost of sickness absence and worklessness associated with working age ill health is estimated to be more than £100 billion.

The British Hearth Foundation reports that employers who promote physical activity say their workforce experiences improved health, increased productivity, greater staff retention and lower rates of absenteeism. There are fewer injuries in the workplace and improvements in communications, morale and the working atmosphere.

Rebecca Williams of HM Revenue & Customs in St Austell, a member of Team Penhaligon 3 in the 2013 Corporate Challenge says; "We heard about the Challenge through a Workplace Health meeting and thought it was a fantastic idea, so we promoted it internally throughout our local offices.

We're really keen to get fit, focus more on regular exercise and involve our colleagues at work. I know when I exercise I feel much calmer, it's a great stress buster. We're also going to be monitoring our diets during the Challenge. We can't wait to feel the benefits!"

Alison Presswell of Carlyon Bay Occupational Health and Team 1 2 3 Go, also comments; "We spend our working days promoting and supporting the health and wellbeing of others and the Workplace Health Awards, so we recognise the importance of looking after our own physical and mental wellbeing and how taking regular exercise helps.

We're hoping the challenge will provide us with some additional motivation to increase and maintain our individual physical activities, particularly after the long winter and being cooped-up inside."

The Corporate Get Active Challenge starts at 9am on Monday 29 April.

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Date added: Friday 26th April 2013
Last updated: Thursday 12th March 2020

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