Get to work on a New Year fit­ness challen

Cam­paign for work­ers to get ac­tive

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By An­drew Jack­son an­drew.jack­son01@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PEO­PLE try­ing to get fit again after Christ­mas have the chance to make their New Year res­o­lu­tions come true by join­ing in a spe­cial chal­lenge cen­tred around their work­place.

Com­pa­nies across Bucks can com­pete for free in the new ‘My Team 2015’ work­place phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity cam­paign from the be­gin­ning of Jan­uary.

‘My Team 2015’ will run through­out the year but will start with an eight-week long chal­lenge run­ning be­tween Jan­uary 5 and March 1 2015.

And the firm with the most points on March 1 will win the ti­tle of most ac­tive work­place in the county.

The ini­tia­tive is mas­ter­minded across the UK by Work­place Chal­lenge, a na­tional cam­paign funded by Sport Eng­land.

Leap, the county Sport and Ac­tiv­ity Part­ner­ship, is de­liv­er­ing the cam­paign lo­cally by en­cour­ag­ing em­ploy­ees to get to­gether with col­leagues to pool their ef­forts and win points for their firm.

Staff can do this by tak­ing part in sports and other phys­i­cal pur­suits and col­lect­ing points on the Work­place Chal­lenge’s on­line ac­tiv­ity tracker tool.

Mark Ormerod, di­rec­tor of Leap, said: “We would love to see the com­mu­nity in our area em­brac­ing the new cam­paign. The aim is to en­cour­age work­ers to build their own support net­work by ini­ti­at­ing ap­proach to work.

“This is ideal after Christ­mas and New Year be­cause typ­i­cally peo­ple don’t do a lot of ex­er­cise in that pe­riod, and need en­cour­age­ment to get started. For the com­pa­nies in­volved, the ad­van­tages are also sig­nif­i­cant be­cause they

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Com­pa­nies across Bucks can com­pete for free in the new ‘My Team 2015’ work­place phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity am­paign from the be­gin­ning of anuary will en­joy the pro­duc­tiv­ity

nd cost-sav­ing ben­e­fits a more phys­i­cally-ac­tive work­force has been proven o gen­er­ate.” To add some friendly valry to the com­pe­ti­tion, eap is en­cour­ag­ing par­tic­i­pants to share goals and suc­cesses via so­cial me­dia. They can chal­lenge other busi­nesses to com­pete us­ing #MyTeam2015 or a new ‘re­fer a friend or col­league’ func­tion­al­ity.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter your work­place to take part in ‘ My Team 2015’ for free, visit www. leap­withus.org.uk

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