Workplaces in Nailsea looking to join in new initiative to become more active

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By Go4Life | Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 10:51

North Somerset Council’s new ActiveWorkplaces4Life initiative helps workplaces to start up an eight-week funded physical activity session of their choice.

Several workplaces in Nailsea have shown an interest in starting activities and many more are welcomed to get involved.

 

Funded by Sport England, the scheme supports employees to choose an activity that fits well with their workplace. This could include a lunchtime exercise class or an after-work sports club.

Staff at Priory Community School in Weston-super-Mare have been the first to enjoy the benefits of the initiative.  They have started pilates sessions as part of the drive to promote a more healthy and active workplace.

 

The school has even linked in with staff in some surrounding offices to open the popular Pilates sessions to more local employees.

 

Priory Community School Principal Neville Coles said: “We are delighted to be part of the ActiveWorkplaces4Life scheme. Pilates is a great addition to our existing health promoting programmes. A big thank you from Priory staff to the organisers and we are always keen to get involved in other programmes.”

 

North Somerset Council Active Lifestyles Development Officer Bob Hill said: “This is a fantastic initiative and a great opportunity for employees to build some fun and sociable exercise into their working days. We’re really keen to roll this programme out to all kinds of workplaces across North Somerset.”

 

Pilates instructor Corinne Mutlow commented: “I think the ActiveWorkplaces4Life scheme is a really good idea as it gives working people the chance to experience something they might otherwise not get around to doing – and they realise what a pleasurable experience it can be.”

 

To join in with the ActiveWorkplaces4Life initiative call the Sport and Active Lifestyles team on 01275 810 995 or email sport@n-somerset.gov.uk.

Improved health for people at work offers real gains to employers. Research presented by the British Heart Foundation shows that physical activity has a positive impact on stress, staff retention and corporate image. It can reduce the risks of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity and some forms of cancer.

 

Go4Life is a North Somerset Partnership initiative that aims to encourage and help people to live healthier and more active lives.

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