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Launch of the Liverpool Active Workplaces Toolkit

As part of the Liverpool Active City Strategy 2014-21, and in partnership with strategic stakeholders, Liverpool City Council (LCC) and NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG) have launched the Liverpool Active Workplace Toolkit, developed to maximise the benefits of developing active workforces across Liverpool.

Local and national research shows that as well as benefiting physical and mental health, developing a more active workforce can improve productivity, teamwork and morale in the workplace, whilst also reducing sickness absence.  Currently 44% of adults working in Liverpool are not meeting minimum physical activity guidelines and are missing out on a wide range of benefits to their current and future health and wellbeing.

In partnership with MSP, who were commissioned by LCC/LCCG to deliver the Liverpool Active Workplace Programme in 2017, the Toolkit aims to help local employers promote the benefits of physical activity to employees, bringing together best practice and demonstrating the benefits for employers in enabling their workforce to become more active.  It includes lots of ideas that employers can try to enable staff to increase their daily activity levels – all are designed to be low cost, quick and simple to implement.

The Toolkit is supported by the city’s ‘Fit For Me’ campaign, which aims to inspire everyone in the city of Liverpool to become more active.  Employers can download the Toolkit for free via the Fit for Me website www.fitforme.info/workplacetoolkit

Cllr Tim Beaumont, Mayoral Lead for City Well-being & Healthy Weight Champion said:

“This is a great resource for employers in Liverpool to get their workforce moving. Benefits of having a more active workforce are better overall morale, lower staff turnover, improved productivity, teamwork and communication, we see absenteeism reduced by up to 20%, and it also demonstrates good corporate social responsibility which is attractive to prospective employees.”

Dr Maurice Smith, local GP and NHS Liverpool CCG’s Clinical Lead for Living Well said:

“We’re delighted to be supporting the launch of the Liverpool Active Workplace Toolkit. It’s a fantastic resource packed full of simple ideas for employers to use to help encourage staff to be more active during the working day.”

“Believe it or not, you don’t need to spend hours and hours exercising to live an active lifestyle either. Even introducing small changes into the working day can make a big difference to the health and wellbeing of employees. So whether that’s trialling some standing or walking meetings, or just encouraging staff to get away from the desk and take a short walk over their lunch break, or even encouraging walking or cycling as part of the daily commute, as long as it gets the heart beating a bit faster, it all counts.”

For further information about the Toolkit, please contact Chris Caskie on 0151 233 5261 or  chris.caskie@liverpool.gov.uk

Written by Gather

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