On average, people in full time work spend more than one-third of their day, five days per week at the workplace. Whilst employers have a legal requirement to provide a safe and hazard-free workplace, they also have abundant opportunities to promote mental and physical health. In so doing, they benefit from fostering a healthy work environment where their people are resilient and well.
UK national health-care 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 in the workplace and the community at large. We believe that many progressive businesses agree with and support the idea of shared responsibility between the state and the business community.
Our ‘mission’ therefore, 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 will do our best educate and support individuals, businesses and leaders by assisting them to implement strategies and tactics that benefit their workforce. Our plan is to produce a set of policies, programmes and initiatives designed to increase physical activity in the workplace, that supports a physically active lifestyle for the benefit of each person at home and at work.
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.
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.
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, presenteeism and poor productivity.
WHAT WE DO:
We work with businesses to provide their employees with opportunities, training and incentives, to adopt a more active lifestyle and to promote mental and physical well-being. In doing so, individuals develop coping strategies and build resilience to the unavoidable stress of modern living.
HOW WE DO IT:
We help to develop policies that support the implementation of evidence-based programmes and initiatives, which promote physical activity in the workplace.
We create or enhance access to places for employees to engage in physical activity before, during, and after work hours.
We conduct periodic work-site-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 encourage and develop physical activity among employees, including access to relevant expertise, evidence-based behavioral change programmes, and well-qualified fitness and behavior 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 work-sites, especially small and medium size businesses.