Walking Challenge Set to Get Underway

keep walkingBusinesses in Tamworth have already signed up to take part in a health challenge – and more are being urged to take the plunge and get involved.

The Healthy Tamworth Workplace Walking Challenge is aimed at encouraging people to take steps to improve their health and fitness levels while at work.

The challenge, which runs over an eight-week period, is being run by Tamworth Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council’s Public Health Team and kicks off on May 5th.

To date, the Holiday Inn Express, Roasters town centre, Roasters Ventura, Tamworth Borough Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group have all signed up and are getting ready to put their best foot forward.

The challenge is for each employee signed up to take as many steps as possible each day. The borough council will provide pedometers to everyone taking part and the steps taken each day will then be logged via a step log.

The average amount of steps a person usually takes is 3,000-4000 per day and any increase would be considered good, but the aim is to do 10,000 steps a day, which would significantly improve an individual’s health. While the Workplace Walking Challenge takes place at work, steps taken outside work also count towards the total.

Strolling for half an hour burns 75 calories, walking for the same period of time would burn 99 calories and a fast walk burns 150 calories.

At the end of the challenge, each business will submit its logs and the average number of steps per employer will be worked out. A trophy for the winning businesses will be provided and everyone who took part will be entered into a prize draw.

As well as boosting health and well-being, promoting physical active can significantly improve health among employees. This, in turn, can increase productivity, lower rates of absenteeism, improve the working atmosphere and have a positive impact on stress, back pain and mental health.

Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. It’s underrated as a form of exercise but walking is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active.

Funding has been provided through Staffordshire County Council’s Workplace Health Programme and Tamworth Borough Council.

The challenge starts on Monday 5th May 2014 and finish on Sunday 29th June 2014. Businesses who would like more information or would like to take part in the challenge, please contact Charlotte Green on 07854415865. Alternatively register online at www.healthytamworth.co.uk.

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