P4. Physical Activity in the Workplace
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 19 December, 2011
Active Norfolk has identified a workplace champion to encourage more participation in sport and physical activity and a wide range of opportunities will be available to staff in 2012. The office is based on a college campus, where there are a variety of facilities available for staff use. Running, tennis and badminton clubs will be some of the opportunities on offer, as well as subsidised access to the college gym. Due to the nature of Active Norfolk as an organisation, all members of staff are aware of the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle and so we will use our position to raise awareness in the wider business community.The Fit4work project is open to all organisations in the county and is a free service for them to access. Active Norfolk offers a free consultation and report service to identify the demand for activities, as well as access to taster sessions, courses of activity, competitions and tournaments and active networking events. We also offer resources to employers to raise awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, as well as access to a free support directory. We actively encourage the identification of a workplace champion, or sport maker, within each organisation to ensure that there is a point of contact between us and as many organisations around the county as possible. In 2012 the Fit4work project will be expanded to encourage more activity. We will be working with the National Governing Bodies of Sport to establish more competition and taster opportunities, as well as NHS Norfolk and Waveney to ensure that the wider health agenda is addressed. Our partnership with Norfolk Chamber of Commerce will assist to engage more businesses and ensure that the project and its benefits are widely publicised. In 2012 it is hoped that we will double the amount of businesses that are engaged in the project.The Fit4work corporate games will offer the opportunity for 60 teams to compete in a one day event in 10 different sports and is an excellent opportunity for Active Norfolk and our partners to promote the benefits of having a healthy workforce. All organisations will be encouraged to take a corporate pledge in conjunction with the pledge 2012 project and Active Norfolk will assist in the achievement of this and ensure that the relevant amount of publicity is given to those businesses that have engaged- to raise the profile of the project as well as the workplace health agenda.