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Awareness Day Challenges Sedentary Attitudes
Over half a million office workers all over Britain are set to follow the sound advice of James Brown and ‘get up offa that thing’ on Friday 29th April when they take on the On Your Feet Britain Challenge.
As momentum gathers behind the widespread workplace health movement, this latest initiative aims to spread awareness of the risks associated with prolonged sitting down at work. The day will be marked by employees up down the country taking part in a number of fun and simple activities enabling them to #SitLess and #MoveMore while they go about their work.
For many office-based employees, the idea of working while standing may sound impractical at first, but there are so many easy ways we can convert 'sitting time' to 'standing time'.
The On Your Feet Britain Challenge suggest a few simple changes employers can encourage on Friday 29th April, and every other working day for that matter, to help their staff start making a positive difference to health outcomes:
- Stand during phone calls
- Stand and take a break from your computer every 30 minutes
- Use the stairs
- Have standing or walking meetings
- Eat your lunch away from your desk
- Walk to your colleague's desk instead of phoning or emailing them
- Stand at the back of the room during presentations
This second national awareness day, Get Britain Standing, run by the Active Working campaign, gives us another opportunity to make an easy step change towards health. Everyone here at the BHWA will be moving and shaking on the day and we are foursquare behind an initiative that helps employers take a proactive approach to workplace health.
More than a thousand companies have committed to the On Your Feet Britain Challenge. To find out more about the day and how you and your team can #SitLess and #MoveMore on Friday 29th April, visit https://getbritainstanding.org/onyourfeet-britain/.
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