Public Health Chief supports lunchtime exercise classes

In an interview with the Observer this weekend Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, cited; lunchtime Yoga classes, walking meetings and workplace running clubs as just some of the positive steps businesses can take to improve staff wellbeing.Restorative Yoga session at TfL

Selbie said in the interview “SMEs are the backbone of the nation’s workforce and can kickstart a revolution in helping their staff to improve their health. People spend 30, 40 or sometimes 50 hours a week at work. That’s a unique opportunity for employers to use that big chunk of someone’s week to care for their health,”

“Employers could adopt group exercise challenges, such as ‘Couch to 5k’ or lunchtime run clubs, and promote active travel like cycling to work. Being regularly active is one of the best ways to prevent and manage poor musculoskeletal health and combat stress, which are both major causes of sickness absence”

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Read more from the interview here (Source; Guardian)