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P5. Physical Activity Inclusion
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 12 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.
The Fit for Work Team supports improving access to physical activity for its team in a variety of ways. These include ensuring a range of activity opportunity to widen participation. We organise events to ensure that individuals with a range of abilities and needs are able to participate .Our team can access a number of active lifestyle discounts including health club membership. We promote this incentive to our team on a regular basis.
The company signed up to the 2013 Active Together Workplace Challenge in January. Employees were encouraged to log all their sport and physical activity participation over a 6 week period within their own on-line u2018Activity Logu2019. Those who participated in the most amount of physical activity were rewarded with a number of prizes including sports vouchers, discounted health club entry and sports equipment. 2 weekly on site yoga sessions are available at discounted rates .Flexible working allows team members more opportunities to participate.
For example, supporting/sponsoring local physical activity programmes, promoting physical activity to customers through website campaigns or in-store materials.
As part of the Companyu2019s core business of providing a return to work services for those people on, or at risk of, long term sickness absence it promotes and supports access to active lifestyles by its clients to support recovery by referring to the Leicester and Leicestershire Active Lifestyle Exercise Referral Scheme.
We create bespoke action plans for each of our clients and when physical activity is part of recovery, interventions must be fully inclusive and appropriate to the organisation and individuals. For example this may include scheduling in initiatives to suit shift patterns and catering for all ability levels.
As part of our Health at Work service we support employers to identify and address the health and wellbeing priorities for their staff and their organisations. This benchmarks physical activity participation, and supports them where appropriate in promoting and accessing physical activity opportunities and increasing participation .This has been reflected in several outcomes of our work in the past 12 months. One of our clients agreed to offer their employees an extra 30 minutes over lunch specifically to allow time to exercise, furthermore, they have since moved their weekly yoga session to allow people to attend before a shift change.
A number of our clients are either offering or looking to offer a cycle to work scheme throughout their organisation. We also signpost organisations to a range of resources which can be run in conjunction with cycle to work schemes such as cycling course and bike maintenance to support participation.
We are leading work with our partners to develop and launch a website in June which brings together information around work and health including physical activity opportunities. We have worked with 1800 employees over 42 employers.
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.
1800 across 42 employers.
See above our workplace health programme targets SMEs and the website will support a coordinated approach to this work.
We also continue to work closely with the Leicestershire and Rutland Sport Active Together Programme and frequently signpost people to their community based services. Many Active Together sessions cater for a wide market and are suitable for people of all ages and ability levels with some sessions specifically targeted at those with either a lower level of fitness and/or disabilities.
Please estimate the number of people that (a) participated in your community programmes:
1800 across 42 employers
Please estimate the number of people that (b) were more active as a result of participating:
To date two workplaces who have repeated their assessment have seen an increase in the amount of physical activity participation amongst their staff. Label Apeel (47 employees) evidenced an 11% increase in the number of employees performing at least 3 sessions of physical activity per week. This was in part down to offering flexible working to allow people more opportunities to become more active. They all ran tasters sessions during lunch, delivered guided walks and participated in a number of charity bikes rides and walking challenges.
Weidmuller (41 employees) have recently been able to evidence a 1200% increase in the number of people performing the recommended 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity. This can be put down to many of the staff taking part in a lifestyle behaviour change course that empowers the learners to become more physically a
Please explain how you arrived at these estimates (if unknown, please explain why):
We record the numbers of employers and employees and the demographics of our clientsu2019 reporting activity through our workplace needs assessment and other services.
Over the past 12 months we have engaged with 1800 employees across 42 different local employers. They report a range of levels of activity and we develop an action plan with organisations which include physical activity amongst other interventions.
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)
Our work Targets all of the above groups within the working age population within Leicester, Rutland and Leicestershire based SME's
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.
The majority of our clients have yet to be re-assessed against their baseline data and so at this stage we would find it difficult to indicate if our services have delivered a measurable increase. To date, our reported data evidences that approximately 23% of respondents to our Health Needs Assessment Questionnaire meet the recommended physical activity participation rate.
To date, only a small amount of SME's have chosen to repeat the HNA survey. As such, we cant offer any comprehensive analysis at this time. However, 4 SME's are due to repeat the survey in the next 2 months. It is hoped that further SME's will choose to re-assess their workforce to measure the impact of their physical activity interventions in the next 12 months.
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