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Workplace Challenge. New Year, New Business

December 22, 2015

The government's new sport strategy (Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation) is Urging Employers to Provide Opportunities for Employees to be Active.

In response to this, Active Cumbria have developedActive Workplace’ which is a new project that is open to all businesses and organisations in Cumbria to improve the health and wellbeing of workforces.

Active Workplace aims to get employees in Cumbria active - before, during or after work. With the average person spending 60% of their waking time at work and an estimated 24% of Cumbrian adults classed as obese, the workplace offers a real opportunity to advocate the benefits of leading an active and healthy lifestyle.

The three main aims of Active Workplace are:

  • To increase awareness of the importance of workplace health initiatives
  • To promote the benefits of offering physical activity opportunities to employees
  • To provide organisations with information and opportunities to promote to their staff i.e. taster sessions, courses of activities and competitions

In order to achieve this Active Cumbria are looking to identify ‘Active Workplace Champions’ in as many organisations across the County as possible. Champions can come from a variety of departments ranging from Occupational Health Nurses to Communications Officers or even a key individual within your workplace who feels strongly about health & physical activity.

Active Cumbria will offer these Ambassadors a whole host of sport and physical opportunities for their workplaces, as well as support in training and newsletters which can be shared across the workplace.

Workplace Challenge

Workplace Challenge is a unique mix of technology and on the ground support from ourselves where employees can take part in national challenges and local events and log their progress along the way.

Better Health at Work Award

We are currently working with Cumbria County Council to launch The Better Health at Work Award which will recognise the efforts of local employers in addressing health issues within the workplace.  More information about the award will be available soon.

Who can sign up?

Any organisation can sign up to the project - whether you’re large or small, private, public or voluntary sector.

Why should businesses sign up?

Active Workplace has been created to raise awareness to the health risks of a sedentary workforce and the benefits of an active one.

Did you know that each year 140 million working days are lost to sickness absence in the UK, costing UK businesses an estimated £29billion. Plus ‘Presenteeism’ – attending work while sick – is valued at an average cost to employers of £605 per employee per year, due to reduced productivity. (BHF).

Much of our lives are spent in the workplace so it is the perfect place to encourage people to be healthier!  Human beings were designed to be active, Physical Inactivity increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity whilst also having an impact upon our Mental Health. Unfortunately for many of us an average working day consists of sitting behind a desk.  87% of people feel they are more productive at work if they take time out to exercise and eat healthily (BHF 2013) with a healthier workplace also directly benefiting employers due to reduced sickness costs and increased productivity.

To find out more about this opportunity please get in touch with Kelly Alty on 07717320573 or email 

To find out more about Active Workplace, please get in touch