Help Employees Get Daily Physical Activity

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Staying physically active reduces risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. Physical activity also supports emotional health and stress reduction. Creating a workplace that promotes physical activity through policies, programs, and the built environment can help employees stay active during the workday. 

RECOMMENDED STRATEGIES:

  • Implement policies that allow employees to be active during the day (for example flextime, using paid time for physical activty).
  • Support physical activity breaks and active meetings such as walking meetings.
  • Provide on-site bike racks in safe and convenient locations.
  • Incentivize active commuting to work through biking, walking, rolling or using public transit.
  • Use signs, prompts and inviting stairwells to encourage the use of stairs.
  • Provide maps of trails or walking paths in the area.
  • Provide an on-site fitness space or discount memberships at local gyms.
  • Offer on-site fitness opportunities such as group classes.
  • Provide showers, locker rooms and walking paths.
  • Provide incentives for participating in physical activity or weight management activities.
  • Include family members in activities that promote physical activity like wellness challenges.  

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For more information, download the physical activity section of the Worksite Wellness Toolkit!