Anglia and Essex Centre, Public Health England
P4. Physical Activity in the Workplace
5 August, 2013
Submitted: 5 August, 2013
We will encourage participation in regular physical activity by PHE employees as a means of improving and maintaining good physical and mental health and wellbeing. For example, through:
- promoting the health benefits of regular physical activity, with a focus on achieving the Chief Medical Officers’ recommended weekly amount for adults (at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week for adults) and avoiding sitting for extended periods;
- using Change4Life materials5 and NHS Choices web-based resources;
- creating workplace physical activity challenges for staff or appointing workplace ‘wellbeing champions’ who can encourage others to be more active;
- signposting employees to local opportunities to be physically active such as local health and fitness clubs, sport clubs, walking or cycling groups etc.
Through our Physical Activity policy lead and close links to the Physical Activity Alliance we will ensure PHE staff have a better understanding of guidelines and activities taking place in their localities.
An Anglia and Essex Centre Staff Working Group is being convened in September 2013, and will be fully involved in the implementation and delivery of a Health at Work Action Plan which will incorporate this and other pledges.