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The Active Lunch Challenge is an eight-week activity challenge which launched on Wednesday 4th January 2017, designed to encourage more people in Kent to introduce ten minute 'bite size' chunks of activity in and around their working day, to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The challenge, which runs until 28th February, will provide exciting examples and opportunities for people to get active and log their activity, from office table tennis to walking meetings.

It's all part of the national Workplace Challenge programme, aimed at supporting and promoting physical activity in and around the workplace. An estimated 40 per cent of people do not exercise enough, according to Public Health England. Research conducted by the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health (BHFNC), shows that time is the biggest barrier to sport and activity.

By encouraging participation during the lightest and brightest part of the day, the eight-week Active Lunch Challenge will also support mental health, helping to tackle Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). NHS guidelines state that getting plenty of regular exercise, particularly outdoors and in daylight, can help to improve symptoms of SAD.

Kent Sport are keen to work with local employers to support events, provide inspiration and encourage teams to get involved over the eight weeks and beyond. Here are some 'bite-size activity' ideas to help you get started:

  • A lunchtime walk
  • Office table tennis
  • Sitting Volleyball in the boardroom
  • Using the stairs not the lift
  • A walking meeting
  • Practice your office putting

Looking for some inspiration? Check out the Kent Sport #ActiveLunch short films to see how easy it is to get involved. And why not share your #ActiveLunch activities with Kent Sport by posting photos or short films on Twitter @kentsport1 or on Faceboook?

Good Luck with the 8 Week #ActiveLunch Challenge!