A lack of physical activity is a major risk factor for chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. Workplaces have a role to play in increasing physical activity, reducing sedentary behavior, and engaging groups of people who are unlikely to be physically active outside of work. By creating a climate that encourages physical activity, workplaces can improve employee fitness, bone health and reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases.

Resources to Help Promote Physical Activity in Your Municipality

Awareness and Communication

ParticipACTION has created five ways that physical activity can help your employees be healthier, happier and more productive during the workday. It’s time to retire the archaic notion of employees working head-down all day, without leaving their desks. We know too much about “the sitting disease” and the many risks (both physical and psychological) associated with sedentary behaviour.

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Video Resources:

  • Got a meeting? Take a walk: Nilofer Merchant suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on employees life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a "walking meeting" -- and let ideas flow while you walk and talk. 
  • Should you mostly sit or stand at work?: If you’re confused by seemingly duelling headlines about the negative health effects of prolonged sitting and prolonged standing, this video offers clarity.

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