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P2. Physical Activity Guidelines
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 30 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 May 2014 we built a perimeter path to the business premises that allows employees to walk and exercise safely within the grounds. Since the path has been in place we have also communicated the government physical activity guidelines to employees. We have also actively promoted walking meetings and the benefits of being less sedentary.
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.
The revised Chief Medicial Officers (CMO) guidelines provide physical activity recommendations for four distinct age groups. From the following list, please indicate the age groups you have focused on in disseminating the guidelines (if unknown, please explain why):
Early years (under 5s), Children & young people (5-18), Adults (19-64), Older adults (65+)
This has been focused on adults (19-64) which is the age of nearly all of the IGD employees
We have also made available and provided information on the exercise guidelines for the other age groups.
Please estimate the number of people reached through your activities on this pledge and explain how you arrived at this estimate:
Approximately 120 - Communication has targeted all employees and this is the number of IGD employees.
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.
We have conducted a survey to detect any change in those taking physical activity since the pathway was built and communication of the guidelines has taken place and have seen the following changes:
- 48% increase in the number of employees that know what the recommended physical activity guidelines are for adults (53% to 78%)
- 13% increase in employees claiming to meet or exceed the physical activity guidelines (47% to 53%)
- 58% increase in employees taking a walk in their lunch break most days (33% to 53%)
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