Institute of Directors (IoD) conference in partnership with Active Cheshire took place on Tuesday 20th of January 2020 at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington with over 100 businesses attending from Warrington and Cheshire.

A unique opportunity for businesses to come together to understand that a healthy workforce can have an immense positive impact on the functionality and success of an organisation. Including; increased productivity, positive culture and a significant drop in absenteeism. Stats from Workplace Mental Health show ‘a sum of 91 million days are lost to mental health problems every year, costing the economy approximately £30 billion per year’.

The real drive of the of the conference is to show employers how to actively create workplaces that promote and support good health and well-being for staff. With the average office worker sitting for an average of 67 days a year, it is essential to move more throughout the day.

IoD’s guest presenters/speakers for the event were, Stephen Law-Lyons, MD of APC Cardiovascular, Mark Brocklehurst MD of Sharples Group, Dr Colin Robertson from the University of Bolton, Philip Dyer, the Founder of Healthy Leaders, Chris Gold, Business Manager of Workplace Mental Health Ltd, Anne Boyd FRSA, FRSPH Chief Executive of Active Cheshire and David Pollock who is the Executive Chairman of Chess ICT.

Active Cheshire’s Bronze, Silver, and Gold packages were presented at the event as key solutions introduced to tackle physical inactivity in the workplace. Designed for all organisation sizes and industries to get more active.

Anne Boyd, CEO of Active Cheshire, commented “We all know we need to be more active, but there is increasing evidence that we need to spend less time sitting down as well. This is particularly relevant to office workers who will spend a lot of time sat at a desk.

However, there are lots of ways that you can build a bit more activity into your day. That is why we offer professional advise to employers through our Bronze, Silver and Gold services.”

Most of what Active Cheshire does is to do with change. By encouraging behavioural change, changing attitudes, mindsets, and habits. The Charity are constantly learning to adapt to the needs and challenges in an increasingly inactive society.

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