Route to Health
There is increasing recognition of the need to encourage healthier lifestyles, the government has set specific targets to increase physical activity levels. Increasing activity levels is recognised to help prevent and manage over 20 conditions and diseases including cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes and obesity, it can also help to promote mental wellbeing.
However getting people to be more active can be a challenge especially when they are spending a large proportion of the day in the workplace and then lack the energy and motivation when they get home. Research has shown that there are lots of benefits in having a physically active workforce including reduced sickness absence, increased productivity and greater staff retention.
Giving your employees the opportunity to be active in their lunch hour in and around their workplace makes sense but not all organisations can afford a corporate gym or have the room for one. Walking is a cheap and easy way to promote better health and wellbeing and is also sociable, a great way of internal networking and a great way to escape the pressures of work.
We will deliver a successful walking solution at your workplace:
- Mapping out walks
- Risk assess the routes
- Produce down loadable route maps
- Provide marketing materials for the programme
- Assist in recruiting internal walking leaders
- Provide a Health Coach to deliver the walks
- Launch day for the service
For every pound spent on a physical wellbeing programme £2.67 was saved over 1 year.
(PWC Building the case for wellness 2008)
Around 65% of men and 76% of women aged over 16 are not physically active enough to meet the current national recommendations. That is, they spend less than 30 minutes on 5 or more days a week involved in at least moderately intense activities
(Joint Health Surveys Unit 2004)
The cost of physical inactivity in England, including the direct costs of treatment for major lifestyle-related diseases and the indirect costs caused through sickness absence, has been estimated at £8.2 billion a year
Employees who took part in activity programmes had lower absenteeism and job stress and improved job satisfaction
(Conn et al 2009)