Work­ers take leap of faith to pro­tect health

Staff show sup­port for cam­paign to keep ac­tive dur­ing lunch breaks

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fire­fight­ers re­sponded by jump­ing into the air for the cam­eras.

Mark Ormerod, di­rec­tor of Leap, said: “We are de­lighted with the en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse from com­pa­nies and work­ers across the area.

"There are more health ben­e­fits for an in­ac­tive per­son in tak­ing 30 min­utes of ex­er­cise than there is for a marathon run­ner do­ing an ex­tra mile.”

Or­gan­i­sa­tions who took part in the event in­cluded Bucks Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, Bucks Stu­dent Union, South Bucks Hospice, the Pub­lic Health team at Bucks County Coun­cil and John­son & John­son in High Wy­combe.

An­gela Ham­lin, HR di­rec­tor at John­son & John­son, said: “Here at John­son & John­son we are pas­sion­ate about the health and well-be­ing of our peo­ple.

“We fully en­cour­age our em­ploy­ees to keep ac­tive while at work and our team here at High Wy­combe has ac­cess to a free on-site fit­ness cen­tre.

“Many of them also par­tic­i­pate in a range of dif­fer­ent phys­i­cal and sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties be­fore and af­ter work or dur­ing the lunch break, in­clud­ing run­ning, net­ball.

“We are re­ally proud of our ef­forts and, like Leap, our am­bi­tion is to en­sure our em­ploy­ees stay fit and healthy through

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and in­creas­ing their phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.”

Fraser Pear­son, a spokesman for Buck­ing­hamshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, said: “We are very sup­port­ive of this idea. The mod­ern-day fire ser­vice doesn’t just put out fires and res­cue peo­ple – we also are keen to en­cour­age peo­ple to lead healthy lives and stay ac­tive.”

Work­ers around Bucks take part in Leap Day

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