P4. Physical Activity in the Workplace
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 23 December, 2011
Kraft Foods UK has over 5,000 employees in the UK and we understand the direct impact we can have in encouraging our employees to live healthy and active lifestyles. Our Fit for Life programme is a longstanding employee health and wellbeing programme available to all staff in the UK. Each site has a Fit for Life Champion to help promote the programme at their site and organise local events.Fit for Life covers a wide range of activities including employee health checks, dietary advice and weight loss programmes as well as specific activity to encourage employees to get active:On site gyms: Nuffield Health manages on-site gyms at two sites in Uxbridge and Bournville. These gyms offer a wider range of equipment as well as activity classes with schedules changing to reflect the latest innovations in the fitness industry.Global Corporate Challenge (GCC): Over the last four years the company has funded employees to take part in the GCC an inclusive walking event which involves participants wearing a pedometer and logging step counts on to a website. Over 3,000 employees have taken part and teams have entered from all Kraft Foods UK sites.Walking Club: At our Bournville site a walking club has been established in association with The Ramblers. Employees are encouraged to take-part in a series of lunchtime walks in the local area.Cycle to Work: Kraft Foods offers a Cycle to Work scheme offering discounts on bicycles and cycling equipment to participants. Over 200 employees have taken up this benefit.Ride Across Britain: In 2010 and 2011 the company supported employees to embark on a 1,000 mile ride from Lands End to John OGroats for the British Paralympic Association. For those not able to embark on the whole trip themselves, there was a Virtual Ride Across Britain with employees able to contribute to a 1000 mile target on stationary bikes across our offices.Future plansAll of the activity above will continue in 2012 and, as Cadbury is an official sponsor of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, well be adding some London 2012 inspired activity. The Gold Challenge will run for 10 weeks over the summer and encourage teams of four people to take part in a variety of Olympic sports.