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P4. Physical Activity in the Workplace
23 April, 2013
Submitted: 29 April, 2015
Through your physical activity pledges you will be working with employees, customers/consumers and/or local communities. For each group (as applicable) please describe the specific activities or projects you have undertaken over the past year.
For example, employee incentive schemes to promote physical activity, awareness raising activities or improvements to facilites to promote active travel.
In 2014/15 East Cheshire Trust undertook a manual handling review and developed a plan to ensure the safe use of equipment and understanding of processes and policies. Equipment on wards was also reviewed.
We have further developed the Trust's Wellbeing Direct online resource to include links to apps and podcasts.
We fully supported the national Walking Week, and the Cycle to Work week. The Trust makes available a salary sacrifice Cycle to Work scheme, where staff can access significant discounts on purchase of bicycles and equipment.
We have developed testimonial pages on Wellbeing Direct, where staff share their experiences of activities and inspire others.
We actively promoted the Global Corporate Challenge activity in May 2014 to all staff.
We ran a Wellbeing competition to encourage staff to make suggestions for interventions that would help their physical activity, and the winner received u00a3100 in vouchers for their suggestion.
For example, supporting/sponsoring local physical activity programmes, promoting physical activity to customers through website campaigns or in-store materials.
For example, support for community-based physical activity programmes (such as funding, sponsorship or other promotion activity), working with local partners to engage communities is physical activity opportunities.
Please estimate the number of your employees who participated in your workplace physical activity programmes over the last year and explain how you arrived at this estimate.
The numbers of participants in Trust organised activities was 612 in May 2014. This is a significant improvement in engagement from 2012.
Has the number of your employees participating in your workplace physical activity programmes increased since last year? If unknown, please explain why.
Employee engagement in wellbeing activities has seen an increase from 7% in 2012/13 to 18% in 2013/2014.
We would be interested to know if your pledge activity over the last year has delivered a measurable increase in participation in physical activity. If so, please describe and provide an estimate of the level of increase and how you measured this. There is a 2000-character limit when completing this section.
Our staff have welcomed the initiative to include interactive elements of the Wellbeing Direct site as our hits have increased from 1,145 hits to 4,418 hits - an impressive increase of 74%.
The Trust has seen an 8 - 10% increase in staff reporting lifestyle changes as a direct result of Trust organised wellbeing interventions (89%) and 92 % of these participants have reported an increase in activity.
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