Harlow businesses urged to get active

Business / Thu 2nd Jan 2014 at 11:44am

BUSINESSES across Harlow are being urged to go head-to-head against their competitors as a nationwide workplace fitness initiative is launched.
Companies and organisations in Harlow are being invited to take part in the ‘Workplace Challenge’ programme that is being rolled out in the New Year by Active Essex.

The one-of-a-kind initiative will see employees battle it out to win points for their company or organisation by taking part in sport and physical activity.

The company with the highest number of points earned will clinch the Active Essex title of the sportiest workplace in Essex.

The free to join online programme, where participants can log their activities, will run from Monday 6 January for eight weeks and is being rolled out to encourage the Essex business community to lead more active lifestyles.

Chairman of Active Essex Gary Sullivan OBE said:

“Active Essex is delighted to be one of the first County Sports Partnerships to be rolling out the Workplace Challenge initiative across the country.

We would love to see the Essex business community take on the challenge and in turn encourage their staff to lead more active lifestyles.

They can do this through taking part in sport activities before, during or after the working day and across all sporting disciplines. Activities like walking to work are even factored into the mix.”

The network spearheading the Workplace Challenge – in 28 of its 49 County Sports Partnership areas is County Sports Partnership Network (CSPN). Lee Mason, Chief Executive, said:

“I am delighted the CSPN is launching the Workplace Challenge across the network. Many people take on their own sporting challenges in the New Year and by taking part in the Workplace Challenge they will be given the online support and tools needed to keep them motivated.

It is a great opportunity for the business community in Essex to play a leading role in encouraging employees to lead more active and healthier lifestyles.”

Essex County Councillor Ann Naylor, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, added: “Sport has always had the power to bring people together in a fun, friendly and competitive environment. And I believe if businesses embrace the Workplace Challenge in Essex they will reap the many health and wellbeing benefits associated with their staff being active.”

For more information log on to www.workplacechallenge.org.uk

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