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WORK­ERS across Bucks are be­ing urged to go the ex­tra mile this year for their of­fice Christ­mas lunch - by tak­ing a long healthy walk be­fore their par­ties.

Leap, the Sport and Ac­tiv­ity Part­ner­ship for Buck­ing­hamshire and Mil­ton Keynes, is call­ing on busi­nesses to en­cour­age staff to have an ac­tive theme for this year’s fes­tive cel­e­bra­tions.

It is all part of the Work­place Chal­lenge ini­tia­tive, a na­tional scheme to boost health and in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity at the same time.

Se­nior de­vel­op­ment man­ager at Leap Chris Gre­gory said: “Most of­fice work­ers spend more than six hours a day sit­ting down at their desks and all the ev­i­dence shows that this is sim­ply not healthy.

“In ad­di­tion, it’s not good for com­pa­nies ei­ther be­cause re­search shows that not tak­ing a lunch break makes us less pro­duc­tive. Work­ing flat out through the day makes you slug­gish and slows down your out­put.”

He added: “We have chal­lenged firms and their work­ers all year to take an ac­tive mid­day break, but now we are also hop­ing they will re­mem­ber the mes­sage when it comes to their fes­tive lunch. Many of them will be eat­ing and drink­ing all af­ter­noon, so why not build in an ac­tive el­e­ment to the cel­e­bra­tions be­fore­hand by all go­ing for a walk or a trip to the leisure cen­tre? It’s worth try­ing to find the time be­cause I am con­vinced it will make the lunch that fol­lows all the more sat­is­fy­ing.”

Tweet a pic­ture of your work­place do­ing the mile to @Leap_BMK #Mid­dayMileBMK.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.leap­ uk/work­place-chal­lenge.

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