Staff at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust (LCH) will be getting active alongside thousands of other employees nationwide on 19 June as part of Workout at Work Day.
The initiative, which has been organised by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) aims to encourage employees to avoid the poor work habits which can cause musculoskeletal disorders or stress, and to take more exercise.
Megan Richardson, a Senior Physiotherapist from LCH says, ““Workout at Work Day is a fun way for employers to show their commitment to creating a healthy, happy workforce, and will hopefully help to encourage staff to take up a more active lifestyle.”
Throughout the day, LCH’s Physiotherapy Team will be supporting its staff with a range of site visits, offering information and advice on getting more active. They will also be providing work station assessments to staff members.
The day also aims to highlight to employers the business benefits of having a fitter and healthier workforce, such as lower sickness absence, increased productivity and higher staff morale.
Sickness absence due to such problems as back, arm and neck pain currently cost around £7.4 bn to the UK economy every year.
She adds, “We want to encourage other local employers and businesses to join with us and thousands of other people across the UK, who are taking a break from their work on 19 June, to help promote a fitter, healthier and more productive work place.”
As part of Workout at Work Day, physiotherapists recommend the following low cost or free steps to employers:
• Encourage staff to take breaks, and to get active on their breaks
• Ensure that staff receive appropriate work station assessments
• Create a work culture which supports work-life balance
• Provide a staff notice-board where information on healthy eating and exercise opportunities can be displayed for staff
• Encourage staff participation in activity and sports
• Provide flexible working arrangements and encourage staff to take responsibility for making healthy choices over diet and exercise.
For more information about getting your work place involved in Workout at Work Day, please visit: www.csp.org.uk/workoutatworkday. To access a range of free resources and ideas on becoming more active, visit: www.csp.org.uk/moveforhealth
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