Chief Medical Officers Guidelines Adults (19 – 64 Years) 1.Adults should aim to be active daily. Over a week, activity should add up to 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) of moderate intensity activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more – one way to approach this is to do 30 minutes on at least 5 days a week. 2.Alternatively, comparable benefits can be achieved through 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity spread across the week or combinations of moderate and vigorous activity. 3.Adults should also undertake physical activity to improve muscle strength on at least two days a week. 4.All adults should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods.
Make Your Day Harder A review of some of the science around how our typical days have shifted with technology and culture and the impact on our health. It is also a call to action to “Tweak your Week” and make small changes to improve your health http://www.evanshealthlab.com
“TWEAK YOUR WEEK” How can you make small changes to improve health of your organisation?
Physical Activity At Work Morris, JN & Crawford, MD (1958) “Coronary Heart Disease and Physical Activity of Work” BMJ 2 (5111): 1485 - 1496
Promoting Physical Activity in the Workplace Implementing NICE guidance Public Health Guidance 13 Focuses on activities either based in the workplace or outside of the workplace but initiated or endorsed by the employers. Small, medium and large organisations Public Private and voluntary sector organisations Benefits to employers: – Better staff retention – Increased staff loyalty – Reduced sickness absence
NICE Recommendations Policy and planning Physical Activity Programme – Implementing a physical activity programme – Components of a physical activity programme Supporting Employers
Policy and Planning Develop a Physical Activity Plan or Policy that: Maximises the opportunity for all employees to participate Involves staff in planning and development Has dedicated resources Sets organisational goals Links to relevant national and local policies
The Physical Activity Programme (1) The programme could include: Flexible working policies Policies to encourage walking, cycling or the use of other transport involving physical activity Dissemination of information, for example, on local opportunities to be physically active Ongoing advice and support Confidential, independent health checks
The Physical Activity Programme (2) The programme should: Encourage employees to walk, cycling or the use of other transport involving physical activity to travel to and from work Help employees to be physically active during their working day Encourage employees to set physical activity goals Take account of the nature of the work and any health and safety issues
Supporting Employers Organisations with responsibility for increasing physical activity or for occupational health should provide support to employers who are implementing this guidance. This should ideally be in the workplace and include: Advice and information on local resources Resources, for example, the services of physical activity experts If initial demand exceeds resources a targeted approach is suggested
Costs and Savings People are essential in any business Implementing a workplace physical activity scheme will incur some costs The benefits are significant and far outweigh any initial costs
Discussion What physical activity programme do we have? How is it evaluated? How are staff involved in it? If we introduce a physical activity programme, how will we measure the return on our investment?