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Workplace Health Week aimed to promote a healthier way of life by introducing you and your colleagues to a wealth of different sport and physical activities, with an array of exciting events and activities taking place throughout the working week across the country. Included in these activities was the mid day mile- an initiative to get workplaces active on their lunch break by walking a mile.
Many of the County Sports Partnerships got behind the initiatives for Workplace Health week, hoping that it would create positive active habits. Mark Ormerod is from Leap, the Sport and Activity Partnership for Bucks & Milton Keynes:
"You can talk about business when you're walking, you can have a meeting on foot, eat your lunch on foot and it needn't take very long."
"To put it into context, most people walk at 4 miles an hour, so in just 15 minutes you can walk a mile and that can have a real benefit."
The week was hosted by Workplace Challenge, a programme funded by Sport England and delivered by the CSP Network.
With many workers spending more than six hours a day desk bound, the workplace is a key environment to tackle the growing inactivity epidemic. With many of the nation living a sedentary lifestyle workplace challenge aims to engage businesses in sport and physical activity. Getting active together with colleagues has been known to boost team morale, improve productivity and increase communication.
Introducing physical activity into your daily routine can help to prevent and manage over 20 chronic health conditions including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes – so get involved and make your pledge to get active and join the workplace challenge.