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Pledge:

P2. Physical Activity Guidelines

Committed since:

1 January, 2013

Delivery plan:

Submitted: 13 December, 2012

The Chief Medical Officers revised guidelines on physical activity for adults, was published on HMRC intranet site in a news article on 24 May 2012. The article included information about the Civil Service Physical Activity Challenge which HMRC have signed up to. This is an annual campaign encouraging employees to increase the amount of time spent on physical activity in an effort to support their wellbeing.Ongoing communications to keep up the momentum of this campaign were published throughout the 12 week period. From the twelve Civil Service Departments taking part in the Physical Activity Challenge, HMRC came top of the league table.In August 2012 a poll question was published on the intranet site asking staff to record how many minutes of activity they had undertaken in the previous week. There were 11,179 responses to the poll question. More than 35% of staff took 0-29 minutes of activity in the previous week and more than a quarter stated they had undertaken more than 120 minutes that week.To further encourage people to become physically active, HMRC promotesa sports and leisure club (Revenue and Customs Sports and Leisure) run by its employees. Local initiatives such as walking clubs, exercise classes and the availability of on site gymnasiums, supports the health and wellbeing of our people. Information on this and the Civil Service Sports Council are linked to HMRC Wellbeing webpage.Next steps:The guidelines will continue to be promoted through existing wellbeing communications to promote activities and support health and wellbeing campaigns.Consideration will be given to widening our communications regarding next years CS Physical Activity Challenge to encourage more participants.

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