Increasing the health and productivity of existing and prospective employees.

Every day, British people spend 60 percent of their waking hours sitting down – and as much as 75 percent for people who work in offices. The severe and harmful effects prolonged inactivity – regardless of exercise habits elsewhere – include an increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes, cancer, heart disease and premature death – has led to sitting being referred to as ‘the new smoking.’

Inactivity is now recognised as an independent risk factor for poor health. This means no amount of exercise can offset the damage done by spending a substantial portion of the day sedentary. Workplace inactivity is therefore one of the most pressing public health issues and, unless addressed, will place a crippling, unmanageable burden on the NHS.

An inactive workplace not only impacts the public purse: businesses with an inactive workforce lose out hugely. Absenteeism has been joined by the phenomenon of ‘presenteeism’ (being present at work but unable to be productive) as a top concern for HR professionals and business owners of all sizes. It is time to fundamentally change Britain’s working culture so that the provision of support and inducements to get physically active are as essential to the contract between employer and employee as annual leave.

In 2016 563,700 people were defined as economically active within Cheshire and Warrington.

Workplace wellbeing charter
  • Introduce and promote a charter within businesses
Active Advisory Service
  • Cohesive brokerage service to work with businesses to plan and connect to support service (eg sustainable travel, physical activity providers etc)
Workplace activators
  • Building capability within business to promote MOVEment in the workplace, through training and materials
Workplace activity programmes
  • Introduction and promotion of a wide range of physical activity programmes into business (pre-during and post work, for individuals and teams) and pre-employment providers.