Workplace activity provision

Sport England to unite with ukactive to understand workplace activity provision and needs of the workforce

ukactive and Sport England have announced that they will be holding a major consultation to understand what support employees need to become more active. This comes as a ukactive survey was released that found that just under a third of adults felt that they were as active as they would like to be and 1.4 million, according to Sport England, were completing less than 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week.

The joint consultation hopes to provide employers, the physical activity sector, and the Government with clear recommendations to support businesses with encouraging regular physical activity. An open call to businesses of all sizes, they hope to develop a comprehensive array of evidence to support the needs of businesses to meet physical activity goals.

In a recently released overview of the sector, Barclays expects a £3.5 billion boost from the leisure, fitness and spa industries as the publics’ focus has switched to healthy eating and fitness. This creates a huge amount of opportunity for the sector to maximise employment opportunities and support businesses in commitments towards health and wellbeing.

Alex Lucas, Senior Research Analyst at ukactive, said:

“Physical activity is fundamental to being physically and mentally healthy.”

“Supporting workplaces, especially smaller ones, on this journey is vital, and the best way to get there is to continue to capture evidence demonstrating what works, what doesn’t work, and what support is needed to expand physical activity opportunities.”

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