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P2. Physical Activity Guidelines
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 7 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.
This pledge has targeted DWP's 100,000 staff. The main mechanisms for communicating physical activity information/campaigns are DWP's intranet site, online Yammer network, and through a UK-wide network of Wellbeing Champions. DWP has met the pledge in a variety of ways: Through DWP's Live Well Work Well programme, we have promoted physical activity to all our employees. Champions have organised numerous wellbeing events promoting physical activity and other health-promoting initiatives. We have promoted Activity Challenges, where teams or individuals have registered to take part in national challenges. We promote the Civil Service Walking Challenge annually, which not only promotes exercise and fitness, but also raises funds for our Charity. The Live Well Work Well programme has now ended, but Wellbeing is now embedded in DWP, with our Champions network actively promoting physical activity and good health, supported by managers who wholly and actively support DWP's Wellbeing Policy. For example, lunchtime walking groups are active across DWP. Links are being made/noted between physical activity, good health and wellbeing and improved employee engagement and morale. DWP additionally promotes a sustainable travel policy, encouraging employees to walk where possible. DWP's Employee Discount Scheme offers discounts for the purchase of a cycle. Through our occupational health and employee assistance programmes. We also offer an innovative Physiotherapy Advice Line to all employees, which can offer advice and treatment for anyone impacted by musculoskeletal injury. Early intervention allows our employees to get back to their physical activities and pursuits much more quickly.
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.
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+)
All the information we share and activities we promote are targeted at all the above groups, with the exception of early years. Opportunities to take part in activity or seek information are available to all equally.
Please estimate the number of people reached through your activities on this pledge and explain how you arrived at this estimate:
We estimate that up to 100% of our employees have been able to access information about physical activity.
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.
We don't currently keep statistics on this. However, feedback from surveys of our Wellbeing Champions demonstrates a high level of participation and interest in local activity initiatives. We are in the process of gathering more measurable data.
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