Concerns over health of workers

Stressed worker

Many UK workers under so much pressure they often can’t escape their workplace for lunch.

Pressure at work is stopping almost three in five employees from regularly leaving the office for a lunchtime stroll. This could be having a detrimental long-term effect on the health of millions of workers across the UK.

The results

A survey commissioned by the National Charity Partnership, a collaboration between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco, found that office workers mainly blame heavy workloads (32 per cent), workplace culture (14 per cent) and stress (13 per cent) for not getting away from their desks for a walk at lunchtime. 

Combined with generally low rates of physical activity, experts are concerned that such sedentary behaviour could be contributing to rising levels of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The partnership is calling on workers to reclaim their lunch break and get walking to help protect their wellbeing. It is encouraging people to use its online motivational tool to help people set simple, realistic goals to move more.

Health at Work - women getting active

This survey follows figures released by the BHF at the start of 2016 which found that one in five Brits openly admit to not exercising. Meanwhile, 83 per cent do not know what the recommended weekly level of physical activity is.

Let’s Do This

The National Charity Partnership is running a campaign, Let's Do This, to support adults to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease by taking small steps towards healthier lifestyles. Its online Goal Setter allows people to set and monitor their health-related targets and encourages them to stay motivated and achieve their goals.

What is the Let’s Do This Goal Setter?

The Let’s Do This Goal Setter has the potential to add that extra incentive to your Health at Work programme by supporting your staff to get active, change their eating habits for the better and kicking those unhealthy behaviours!

It’s free to join and individuals can set personalised goals or read loads of tips, inspiration and support to help them stay on track.

Sign up now or visit the Let’s Do This website to find inspiration about ways to get active.

Health at Work

For more ideas on how to get your staff getting active, visit our Active ideas and Active challenges webpages.

You can also read the BHF’s 9 ways to get more active which includes videos and related resources. 

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