Workplace Health Week

Monday 18th May – Friday 22nd May

Workplace Challenge is proud to present Workplace Health Week. Supported by our official charity partner the British Heart Foundation, the week is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of incorporating health and physical activity in and around the working day.

What is Workplace Health Week?

Workplace Health Week aims to promote a healthier way of life by introducing you and your colleagues to a wealth of different sport and physical activities, with an array of exciting events and activities taking place throughout the working week across the country.

The week is being hosted by Workplace Challenge, a programme funded by Sport England and delivered by the CSP Network aiming to engage businesses in sport and physical activity. Find out more about Workplace Challenge.

Why get involved?

There is growing evidence that the nation's health is suffering as a result of inactivity. Research has shown that 33% of men and 45% of women not active enough to be in good health. Physical inactivity is currently responsible for one in six deaths in the UK, and this number is on the rise. With many workers spending more the six hours a day deskbound, the workplace is a key environment to tackle the growing inactivity epidemic.

Introducing physical activity into your daily routine can help to prevent and manage over 20 chronic health conditions including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

With more than 160 million working days lost a year due to sickness and abseentism, it's no coincidence that a healthier and happier workforce equals a more productive workplace. Getting active together with colleagues has been known to boost team morale, improve productivity and increase communication.

The Workplace Health Pledge

During Workplace Health Week, we'll be asking you and your workplace to sign up to Workplace Challenge and take the workplace health pledge acknowledging the awareness of the importance of health both in and out of the workplace. We will be asking businesses to make a pledge to take action to improve the health and wellbeing of their staff, whilst we will be encouraging you to make a personal pledge for your own health.

Businesses - Take the Workplace Health Pledge

Individuals - Make your personal Workplace Health Pledge and download your pledge card

Ways to get involved

Throughout Workplace Health Week a series of events, competitions and challenges will be taking place across the country. Whether you and your colleagues already have a passion for sport or are trying something a little different, there's something for everyone.

Below is a taster of what's to come…

#Beattheboss – Challenge the boss to commit to workplace health by inviting them to compete against your colleagues in sporting activities in the workplace. Perhaps you colleagues will crush the CEO at sitting volleyball in the canteen? Or leave the MD moping after losing to a game of table tennis across the boardroom table? Contact your local County Sports Partnership to find out about more work-based activities.

Midday Mile – At noon on Wednesday 20 May, we are asking businesses across the country to walk, jog, run or cycle one mile for the #MiddayMile. A fantastic opportunity for your whole organisation to take a moment to enjoy fresh air and take the time to get active in the working day. The British Heart Foundation officially supports the event and we'll be asking you to dig deep and raise money for this great cause, either by organising a collection within your workplace or by texting MILE to 70123 to donate £3 directly to the BHF. More information coming soon.

Taster sessions – Always wanted to learn something new? Throughout Workplace Health Week a series of taster events will by hosted by your local County Sports Partnership and National Governing Bodies for Sport giving you the opportunity to try something new.

Competition Events – A series of competitions will be taking place throughout the week. Try your hand at something new like wheelchair basketball or rally the troops to take part in rounders' tournament against local businesses. Keep an eye out on our events and competition pages for more information.

Business Games – Provide a brilliant opportunity for your colleagues to get together and take part in activity together. Meet other local businesses and enjoy a dose of healthy competition to see which workplace will leave as champion.

Workplace health road shows – An opportunity to evaluate your health as well as discover ways to introduce healthier habits into your daily routine and opportunities to get active in your local area.

Networking breakfasts – Meet other like-minded professionals seeking to drive workplace health. A fantastic opportunity to network, and understand the opportunities available to your business to get active and get healthy.

Sign up to Workplace Challenge now to keep updated on the forthcoming events for Workplace Health Week.