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Is your workplace good for your health?

AJ Products launches a new study into workplace health

A 2018 report from the World Health Organisation suggested that just over a quarter of adults worldwide do not do enough physical activity.

The comprehensive study, which surveyed 1.9 million people across 168 countries, showed that 27.5% of adults worldwide were insufficiently physically active. In high-income Western countries, including the UK and USA, this figure rose to 37%. One of the reasons given for the high levels of inactivity in wealthier nations was the higher proportion of people with sedentary jobs and the use of motor transport. This sedentary lifestyle can lead to numerous health issues including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease and musculoskeletal problems.

Given the long hours spent by many adults sitting down while at work, it is essential to combat this issue in the workplace in order to create a healthy work environment that encourages a more active lifestyle among employees.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock recently put the onus on UK businesses to make their workplaces healthier and encourage staff to incorporate more physical activity into their daily routine. Speaking at the International Society for Physical Activity and Health Congress in October 2018, Mr Hancock said: “Workplaces can make a difference: encouraging breaks, offering standing desks, having standing meetings – which in my experience tend to finish quicker too.” He went on to add that “I know from personal experience that having a standing desk can help you get some exercise and improve your productivity at work.”

AJ Products have launched a new survey on workplace wellbeing to discover whether UK workplaces are optimised to encourage physical activity among employees. The survey will examine the impact of the work environment on employee health and wellbeing as well as the health initiatives that workers would most like to see implemented.

AJ Products focuses on ways to solve the problem of a sedentary workday. As a member of ukactive, an independent not-for-profit organisation that aims to promote active lifestyles, AJ Products is committed to making workplaces healthier and more active through an innovative and ever-growing range of sit-stand furniture and by raising public awareness of the health risks of prolonged sitting.

Our short survey should take no more than five minutes to complete. As a thank you, you will be entered into our prize draw with a chance to win £100 worth of Decathlon vouchers for yourself and a sit-stand desk complete with an anti-fatigue mat for your workplace. Click here to complete the survey

 

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