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P4. Physical Activity in the Workplace
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 29 April, 2015
Through your physical activity pledges you will be working with employees, customers/consumers and/or local communities. For each group (as applicable) please describe the specific activities or projects you have undertaken over the past year.
For example, employee incentive schemes to promote physical activity, awareness raising activities or improvements to facilites to promote active travel.
Seven employees have joined the cycle to work scheme since April 2014. We have 61 people in total who have signed up to the cycle to work scheme.
For example, supporting/sponsoring local physical activity programmes, promoting physical activity to customers through website campaigns or in-store materials.
Active Workplace is an evidenced based resource to support employers in establishing a number of swimming programmes and opportunities for their employees as a way to improve their physical and mental health in return; reducing absenteeism both in time and costs, Increasing productivity and creating a flexible working cultur
In 2014, across 60 workplaces, we have identified 2562 people, who currently do not swim weekly and working together with their employer and local pool operators provided a number of interventions for these people.
To date there have been over 40 successful completed ASA Active Workplace programmes. Programmes such as this have been shown to reduce absenteeism by 20%. Feedback from participants in various ASA Active Workplaces in 2014/2015 has shown that:
58% felt their productivity at work had increased
46% felt more motivated to go to work
This is a positive step in terms of highlighting the benefits of an ASA Active Workplace programme.
In 2014/2015 strong relationships have been formed at a national level with the County Sports Partnership Network through their workplace challenge programme. This is enabling the ASA to target workplaces with swimming activity through an already identified network and series of campaigns/events. There have also been developments at a local level where the approach has been to link in with workplace health leads to make sure that swimming is at the forefront of their mind when looking to address poor levels of physical activity within the workplace.
The release of the Health Committee report on the impact of physical activity and diet on health, highlights that tackling physical inactivity must become a frontline health priority for the UK's next government. This report highlights that individual lifestyle interventions need to be developed in order for huge health benefits to occur. There is a clear focus on using physical activity as prevention to illness and to make physical activity part of our everyday life. 70% of the adult population are in employment so the workplace is a key avenue to promote the benefits of physical activity and more specifically swimming.
The ASA Active Workplace Initiative was praised by Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Jane Ellison MP at the Responsibility Deal partner reception at Portcullis House, Westminster. In March 2015 The ASA was selected to attend by the Minister which celebrated the success of partners working together to support the Department of Health pledges.
In her opening address Jane Ellison MP commended the work that the ASA has been doing to uphold our pledges, though our Active Workplace programme. So far over 300 businesses and organisations a have pledged to be more active. In her opening address Jane Ellison MP commended the work that the ASA has been doing to uphold our pledges, though our Active Workplace programme.
Ellison quoted from the ASAs 2014 report: Across 60 workplaces the ASA identified 2,562 people who currently do not swim weekly, and working together with their employer and local pool operators, provided a number of interventions for these people. She continued to say how the programme has helped to reduce absenteeism in the workplace and that it has picked up the pace of change which will lead to providing a substantial contribution to making a healthier and more active nation.
For example, support for community-based physical activity programmes (such as funding, sponsorship or other promotion activity), working with local partners to engage communities is physical activity opportunities.
Please estimate the number of your employees who participated in your workplace physical activity programmes over the last year and explain how you arrived at this estimate.
Has the number of your employees participating in your workplace physical activity programmes increased since last year? If unknown, please explain why.
We would be interested to know if your pledge activity over the last year has delivered a measurable increase in participation in physical activity. If so, please describe and provide an estimate of the level of increase and how you measured this. There is a 2000-character limit when completing this section.
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