Health­ier out­look at work

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def­i­nitely pro­fes­sion­als with two of them work­ing to­gether and they were gone in lit­er­ally sec­onds. I have worked very hard run­ning my own busi­ness for nearly 14 years and the Ford Ranger was my pride and joy.

“We have been over­whelmed by the help through so­cial me­dia and thank ev­ery­one but if any­one has seen or heard any­thing we would be ex­tremely grate­ful.”

Laura Anne, also 37, re­vealed that since the Busi­nesses in South La­nark­shire are be­ing en­cour­aged to en­sure an ac­tive work­place.

Char­ity Paths for All (CPA) has cre­ated the ‘walk at work’ award to re­ward to ‘ac­tive meet­ings,’ lunchtime walks, and ‘stand­ing desks’.

The new ac­cred­i­ta­tion aims to re­ward employers for en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­day walk­ing in the work­place.

CPA say the av­er­age work­ing-age adult sits for 9.5 hours a day and hope cal­lous theft, Robert has been re­ceiv­ing threat­en­ing phone calls at work. She said: “On Mon­day he started get­ting calls at work ask­ing who the owner of the Ford Ranger was and ask­ing for his mo­bile phone num­ber.

“At first he thought it was some­one who was try­ing to help and who knew where the car was, but then they be­came threat­en­ing and asked how much the car was worth to him and tried to get his bank de­tails.

“It’s very wor­ry­ing and it’s to pro­mote ways to en­sure work­forces are health­ier and more ac­tive.

Min­is­ter for busi­ness, fair work and skills, Jamie Hep­burn has of­fered his sup­port to the scheme, and is en­cour­ag­ing local busi­nesses to get in­volved.

The MSP said: “When peo­ple com­mute, par­tic­u­larly those who work in of­fices or who travel by car, they tend to be more in­ac­tive.

“This award will re­ward employers hor­ri­ble to think they have been watch­ing us. My kids have been left pan­icked and fright­ened by what hap­pened.

“A car can be re­placed but your fam­ily can’t. My hus­band has worked re­ally hard for what he has, he just wants the car back.”

Po­lice con­firmed en­quiries are con­tin­u­ing into the where­abouts of the Ford Ranger.

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion are asked ot call po­lice on 101 or 0800 555 111. who en­cour­age reg­u­lar walks, breaks from the desk and ac­tiv­ity dur­ing the work­ing day.

“It will also of­fer sup­port to busi­nesses who are in­ter­ested in help­ing their staff be­come more ac­tive but per­haps don’t know where to start.”

To find out more about the scheme, or to sign up, head to www.walkat­work. scot, email walkat­[email protected]­forall. or call 01259 218888.

Pro­mot­ing health Jamie Hep­burn, Ian Find­lay, from Paths for All and Les­ley Glen from ICAS launch the ini­tia­tive

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