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Workplaces in Harlow invited to “Shake-up” in September

Communities / Sat 22nd Aug 2015 at 06:27am

WORKPLACES in Essex are invited to join Shake up September to revolutionise employee health, fitness and productivity

Workplaces across Essex are invited to join the nationwide Shake Up September challenge. Fresh from Workplace Challenge, the programme which combines cutting edge technology with sport & physical activity opportunities, Shake Up September encourages employees across England to increase activity levels by trying at least one new activity or sport during September.

The ultimate aim for participants is to try a new activity and to log as much of the new activity as possible throughout the month-long challenge. Participants will be able to track their performance and set individual targets through personalised dashboards, whilst the online Workplace Challenge leaderboards will give a ‘real time’ indication of who is to be crowned the ultimate Shake Up September Challenge individual and team champions.

Individuals and workplaces interested in trying something new could book onto the 5 or 10k Obstacle Courses designed to challenge the mind, body and soul on Sunday 13 September at Langdon Nature Reserve. Active Essex in partnership with Blitzfitme, specialists in health and fitness programmes across Essex, will be running the event to help boost morale and promote team work. For more information and to book a place visit http://www.activeessex.org/courses/workplace-fitness-challenge–13th-september-2015-new-date

Mike Diaper, Director of Community Sport, Sport England said: “The Shake Up September challenge gives an extra incentive for us all to try something new. With close to 150 sports and activities there is lots on offer. There is also help to support people who lack confidence in taking part or are doing so for the first time.

“I would urge businesses who have yet to implement a physical activity policy – and even those who have, to use Workplace Challenge’s Shake Up September challenge as a catalyst to get their workforce more active, more healthy and more productive.”

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Sport and Physical Activity, said: “Workplace Challenge is helping the working population of Essex to get active. Shake Up September means that even the least active can set a realistic challenge by trying just one new activity.”

Chairman of Active Essex, Gary Sullivan OBE, said: “This is a great example of how Active Essex helps businesses to promote and encourage physical activity within their workplaces, the benefits of which are enjoyed by both the workforce and the business alike.”

It is well documented that regular physical activity can reduce the risk of many chronic conditions, including coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity, mental health problems and musculoskeletal conditions.

The business benefits of a healthy, physically active workforce are compelling. Research shows that insufficient physical inactivity and employee absence go hand in hand and in 2014 a study from the CBI calculated that employee absence costs the economy an estimated £14 billion per year, with £975 the average cost to business for each absent employee.

Shake Up September participants will be able to choose a new activity from a vast range of Workplace Challenge activities and sports and log participation using the dedicated smartphone app or the online tool, with the aim of recording as much of the new activity as possible. Participants will be able to set their own goals, whilst the Shake Up September Champion will be the individual with the most points recorded throughout the month. The Shake Up September team prize will go to the workplace recording the most points.

To take part in #ShakeUpSeptember just register your workplace at workplacechallenge.org.uk download the poster and activity pack and tell your staff and colleagues to sign up and start logging points. Could your workplace be crowned Shake Up September champion 2015?

Find out more
· Contact Active Essex for support and advice on implementing Workplace Challenge and delivering an effective workplace activity programme
· Take a look at the British Heart Foundation’s Health at Work pages for advice on ways to make your workplace more active
· For sport-specific information about how to build a particular sport or activity into your business culture, contact the relevant National Governing Body.

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