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P1. Physical Activity: Community
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 8 May, 2014
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.
CTC healthcare have developed, delivered and evaluated a health and well-being pilot project for over 140 employees at Dunelm Mill distribution centre (Stoke) during 2013. The project has been ongoing into 2014.
Improve the physical, social and psychological well-being of employees within the 12 month project.
Participation in the project started with health checks (assessing cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, body composition, stress, anxiety, depression and physical activity levels).
The project involved multiple health interventions promoting health and wellbeing within the workplace e.g. Pedometer challenge, health days, in-house table tennis tournaments
Re-screening of health parameters allowed for a rigorous analysis of the changes in biopsychosocial well-being and changes in physical activity levels.
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.
Please estimate the number of people that (a) participated in your community programmes:
Please estimate the number of people that (b) were more active as a result of participating:
Please explain how you arrived at these estimates (if unknown, please explain why):
84 employees improved activity levels when measured by the 'general practice physical activity questionnaire (GPPAQ). In addition to this 10-20 additional employees participated in the pedometer challenge but didn't undergo health screening.
Please indicate which of the following demographic groups within the local community that you have worked with to promote increased participation in physical activity:
Women, Men, Older adults (65+), Children & young people, Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) Communities, Disabled People, People from deprived communities, Other (please specify)
80% men aged 18-65.
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.
Objective outcomes from health screening:
84 employees participated in the health screening
20% increase in individuals with an 'active' physical activity index. Using the General Practice Physical Activity Questionnaire (GPPAQ). All 84 employees either remained the same or improved their physical activity index.
12.8% decrease in individuals classed as having stage 2 hypertensive blood pressure.
7.3% decrease in individuals with a high risk cholesterol level.
9% reduction in employees classified as having depression.
Staff have said:
'The staff have embraced the project. Particularly the pedometer challenge and table tennis. Fruity Friday has also gone down well'
Dunelm Mill manager
'The project has been a good thing. It shows the company are looking after the staff. The company are trying to improve staff wellbeing'
Dunelm Mill employee
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