On average, people in full time work spend more than one-third of their day, five days per week at the workplace, and whilst employers have a responsibility to provide a safe and hazard-free workplace, they also have abundant opportunities to promote individual health and foster a healthy work environment where their workforce is well and resilient.
UK national healthcare expenditure is in excess of £100 Billion… a significant proportion of these costs are borne, by employers.
The workplace is an important setting for health protection, health promotion and disease prevention. The use of effective workplace programmes and policies can reduce health risks and improve quality of life for workers, which we believe that many progressive businesses both agree with and support this aspiration.
Our ‘mission’ is to provide leadership, expertise and practical help in turning this aspiration into a reality…
“One day all people of working age in the UK will be physically active. They will live, work and play in environments that encourage and support regular physical activity”
Our ultimate purpose is to improve health, prevent disease and disability, by helping people develop resilience to the risks (both physical and mental) associated with running a business or working for a company.
For our vision to succeed, we need to educate and support individuals, businesses and leaders by assisting them in implementing strategies and tactics that benefit everyone. Our plan is to produce a set of policies, programmes and initiatives designed to increase physical activity in the workplace, which help foster a culture that supports physically active lifestyles.
FAR REACHING BENEFITS
Lack of physical activity is an important underlying health risk for NCD-related costs associated with reduced worker performance, however, the potential for business and industry to improve the level of physical activity at the workplace is strong.
According to data from World Bank, a staggering 89% of deaths in the UK are associated with non-communicable diseases (ncds), such as cancer, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
By maintaining a healthier workforce you can lower direct costs such as insurance premiums and worker’s compensation claims. It will also positively impact many indirect costs such as absenteeism and worker productivity.
Healthy employees are your biggest asset when it comes to building a successful business, and evidence shows that businesses gain significantly positive results when we engage with employees at all levels – i.e. from the Managing Director to the sales team.
WHAT WE DO:
We help businesses provide their employees with opportunities and incentives, which will help them adopt and maintain a physically active lifestyle, and in doing so, develop personal resilience to physical and mental stress.
HOW WE DO IT:
We develop policies that support the implementation of evidence-based programmes and initiatives, which promote physical activity in the workplace setting.
We create or enhance access to places for employees to engage in physical activity before, during, and after work hours; combined with informational outreach activities.
We conduct periodic worksite-based health screenings which measure the physical activity and fitness levels of workers. Include measures of fitness components that are relevant to the job types of the workers.
We provide the resources necessary to support physical activity behaviour adoption and maintenance among employees, including access to relevant expertise, evidence-based behavioural change programmes, and well-qualified fitness and behaviour change professionals.
We collaborate with partners to develop and implement a plan for evaluating the effectiveness of workplace physical activity programmes.
We ensure the business case addresses the needs of all worksites, especially small and medium size businesses (100 or fewer employees and 101-999 employees, respectively).