Help your workforce to become healthier with Workplace Challenge

By NickiBlake on December 5th, 2013 - comments

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Businesses and organisations in Lincolnshire are being encouraged to take part in a new workplace fitness initiative called ‘Workplace Challenge’, which is being rolled out in the New Year by Active Lincolnshire.

From January 6, 2014, the free eight week activity challenge will be launching across the county and will see workplaces and employees sign up to try new sports and lead a more active lifestyle.

Colleagues and workplaces, who can register online at www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/lincolnshire, will be able to compete against others in this one-of-a-kind initiative by battling it out to win points for their company or organisation by taking part in sport and physical activity.

The company with the highest number of points earned will clinch Active Lincolnshire’s title of the sportiest workplace in Lincolnshire.

Once registered, businesses and individuals will be able to see the progress they make in CO2 emissions saved, weight lost and the amount of activity hours logged.

The log records levels of sport, physical activity and active travel, allowing users to create their own personal group of friends to motivate, encourage and compete against others.

Over 60 prizes, including daily spot prizes, will be awarded not only to winners, but those who take part purely to lead a healthier lifestyle. The prizes range from cinema tickets, to beauty hampers, to cycle packs, to hirebike hours and even brand new bikes.

Active Lincolnshire is aiming to get 1000 employees in 30 Lincolnshire businesses involved to generate improvements in workforce health, reduce absenteeism due to sickness and for everyone to join in and have fun. Sarah Clarke, Physical Activity Manager at Active Lincolnshire, said:

“In May this year, East Midlands was rated the worst place for obesity related hospital admissions and Lincolnshire has some of the poorest health levels in the country. We know the importance of getting people more active, so we hope that people from across Lincolnshire will join us in our mission to encourage healthy lifestyles across the county.

Not only does Workplace Challenge help to get people active in the workplace, it creates a great sense of team work and camaraderie within the office. It’s not just about winning and losing, it’s about getting everyone more active. We hope people can use this new initiative as a fun, new and different New Year’s resolution, and this time get rewarded for their hard work.”

Rilmac Holdings Ltd, who specialise in Asbestos Services, Fabrication, Insulation and Scaffolding Markets is one of the first businesses to sign up to Challenge. Kim Wright, Marketing and Communications Manager at Rilmac, said:

“Rilmac Holdings are delighted to participate in Workplace Challenge. This initiative will inspire and motivate us to stay active in the New Year to achieve our personal goals; along with the opportunity to involve our employees and provide some healthy competition.

The Workplace Challenge supports Lincolnshire businesses to encourage a healthy workplace and maintain an active lifestyle as well as improve productivity by reducing absences and boosting team morale.”

To find out more about Workplace Challenge and see how you can get involved contact Active Lincolnshire on 01522 585 580 or email sarah.clarke@lincolnshiresports.co.uk