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Over 1 Million UK Workers Taking a Stand against Sedentary Working
Second National ‘On Your Feet Britain’ Campaign Set to Take Offices by Storm Friday 29th April
An incredible 1 million British office workers are preparing to take part in a vital awareness this Friday, using a number of fun and simple activities to draw attention to the dangers of ‘binge-sitting in the workplace.
With scientific evidence mounting that prolonged periods of sitting are linked to a range of health risks, including cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and mental health, more than a million desk-bound employees up and down the country will #SitLess and #MoveMore while they go about their work.
Put simply, On Your Feet Britain is a day to take the Godfather of Soul James Brown at his word, 'get up offa that thing' and convert sitting time to standing time by taking some simple actions. Wiggle it, Waggle it, Shake it, Shuffle it. Just don’t sit on it! It’s easier than you think, just follow these tips:
- Stand during phone calls
- Stand and take a break from your computer every 30 minutes
- Use the stairs rather than the lift
- 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
Interest in On Your Feet Britain has grown rapidly, with earlier estimates predicting just half a million workers would get involved, so the organisers, the Get Britain Standing campaign, are to be congratulated for their efforts.
“Already we have over 2,000 companies signed up and expect over 1,000,000 office workers to wiggle and waggle it on Friday 29th April. It’s FREE to take part and we have prepared a comprehensive toolkit downloadable from our website so the event can be run by anybody anywhere” explains Gavin Bradley, founding director of Active Working and the Get Britain Standing campaign.
“Although growing rapidly in popularity, not everyone necessarily needs a sit-stand desk. It is more important for office workers to feel empowered to do simple and obvious things to break-up their sitting time and understand that by moving more it will benefit their health and productivity.”
The BHWA is right behind the campaign and everyone here will get involved and be among over one million others being as active as possible this Friday. This is a fantastic initiative that not only increases awareness of the perils of too much sedentary working but also offers simple and practical solutions to a real problem.
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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