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P4. Physical Activity in the Workplace
1 August, 2011
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.
DWP continues to promote physical activity in the workplace to its employees as follows:
Through our Live well work well' wellbeing programme, which ended in March 2014, we promoted physical activity to employees through the 'Keep Active' online Lifestyle Management Programme. This provided information, advice and tools to help employees increase their activity levels and demonstrated how people can easily incorporate physical activity into their working day. Our new Wellbeing site offers our Wellbeing Champions a huge range of ideas and resources to help them promote physical activity - local NHS partnerships, Change4Life, our Physio Advice Line, Ramblers, Sustrans, cycling, swimming, walking groups etc. DWP's Wellbeing team is currently promoting interest in the Commonwealth Games and the Tour De France and working with partners such as HASSRA (our Sports, Leisure and Wellbeing partner), the CSSC (Civil Service Sports Council) and Commonwealth Games team to encourage people to take up new sporting and wellbeing activities.
Our Occupational Health contractor produced concertina leaflets, which were distributed to every single employee in the UK, called 'The Working Back' - these encouraged employees to undertake simple exercises that could easily be incorporated into their working day.
DWP's Wellbeing Champions have organised numerous physical activities in the workplace aimed as raising activity levels. These include 'staircase challenges' (Step Jockey etc), walking and running clubs and more.
Teams and individuals from DWP take part annually in the Charity for Civil Servants' Walking Challenge, helping raise funds whilst getting fitter in the process.
DWP supports 'Walk to Work Week' and other related activities.
Health and Wellbeing is championed in DWP by Permanent Secretary, and promotional articles encouraging healthy physical activity are regularly published on DWP's Intranet.
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 your employees who participated in your workplace physical activity programmes over the last year and explain how you arrived at this estimate.
We do not currently collect this information; however, our Wellbeing Champions host many local Wellbeing events promoting such activity. We are working to produce data/metrics in this area through a wide-ranging Wellbeing survey and hope to be able to report on this in the coming months.
Has the number of your employees participating in your workplace physical activity programmes increased since last year? If unknown, please explain why.
Anecdotal evidence indicates that it has. See above.
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.
As above. We aim to report much more fully in the coming months.
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