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P2. Physical Activity Guidelines
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 7 May, 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.
Our 'Future Fit' programme represents our strong commitment to investing in our employees' health and wellbeing. We provide employees with access to a range of information and resources to help them make informed decisions about their own and their family's health and wellbeing.
All employees can have a mini-medical measuring height, weight, blood pressure, BMI and cholesterol. They also have access to a health gateway holding a wealth of resources and information on topics such as health, diet, physical and emotional wellbeing, fitness and sleep; helping employees to get started and sustain the changes they want to make to their health and lifestyle.
Annually we have a calendar of activities with a different theme each quarter which support many of the national health and fitness campaigns. Across our sites a number of sporting clubs and physical activities are taking place, all encouraging permanent changes in behaviour and improvements in our employees' health and wellbeing.
Signing up to support National Obesity Week in January 2015 gave us the opportunity to work with its caterers across all its sites to explore how we could offer a better range of healthy food options and provide more information so that employees can make informed choices about what to eat.
Other initiatives have included a partnership with Travelchoice Peterborough to promote alternative means to travel to work such as walking and cycling. Employees received a personalised travel plan highlighting methods of travel open to them. We held an event to further explain the travel plans, promote the fleet of bikes available for employees to borrow either at lunchtime or on a longer term loan to try cycling to work before committing to purchasing their own bike through the cycle to work scheme.
We offer more options for our employees to take part in physical activities, such as discounted gym memberships, cycle to work scheme and preferential prices and rates through our online staff shop.
For example, supporting/sponsoring local physical activity programmes, promoting physical activity to customers through website campaigns or in-store materials.
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.
Currently only 10.8% of the deaf population participate in any type of sport or physical activity and one of the main barriers is communication. We were delighted to be able to provide sponsorship to Peterborough's newly formed DEAFinitely Inclusive network which is a partnership of local organisations across the city, led by UK Deaf Sport, bringing together representatives from the deaf community with sport and leisure providers, local charities and LIVING SPORT the County Sports Partnership to increase opportunities, for deaf and hard of hearing people, to play, coach and volunteer in sport. With the support of British Sugar they were able to run a dedicated training event called 'Effective Communication - Coaching Deaf People in Sport'. Places were offered to coaches at local sports clubs to help them develop their skills and the confidence needed to become better equipped when coaching deaf people. This will generate great opportunities for more deaf people across the city to take up and enjoy the benefits of sport and physical activity.
The revised Chief Medicial Officers (CMO) guidelines provide physical activity recommendations for four distinct age groups. From the following list, please indicate the age groups you have focused on in disseminating the guidelines (if unknown, please explain why):
Early years (under 5s), Children & young people (5-18), Adults (19-64), Older adults (65+)
Please estimate the number of people reached through your activities on this pledge and explain how you arrived at this estimate:
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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