On Your Feet Britain Challenge
Take a stand for workplace health
Challenge yourself to sit less & move more at work!
First official guidelines say office staff must break up prolonged periods of sitting with standing-based work and regular walkabouts
Office workers should be on their feet for a minimum of two hours a day during working hours, according to the first official health guidelines. The guidelines, written by a panel of international experts at the request of Public Health England and Active Working CIC, have been drawn up after a growing body of research has linked prolonged periods spent sitting with a heightened risk of serious illness and premature death.
The On Your Feet Britain Challenge dares you to take James Brown at his word and “Get Up Offa That Thing” and convert ‘sitting time’ to ‘standing time’. Follow some simple changes – it’s easier than you think:
* Stand during phone calls
* Stand and take a break from your computer every 30 minutes
* Use the stairs
* Have standing or walking meetings
* Eat your lunch away from your desk: Ditch your usual lunch ‘al desko’ and take it outside. You’ll get a spring in your step and feel better for it.
* Walk to your colleague’s desk instead of phoning or emailing them. Walk over and talk face to face. It’s a good way to do business and it’ll do you good.
* Stand at the back of the room during presentations
Instead of emailing the person opposite, do something revolutionary – walk over and talk face to face. It’s a good way to do business and it’ll do you good.
So Friday 28th April 2017 is your chance to get the ball rolling and encourage your employers/employees to take a stand!
Team up with colleagues and see how much “sitting time” you can reduce on the day!