Workers challenged to be more active

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A new initiative to motivate workers to be more active is being launched across Northamptonshire.

The Workplace Challenge is part of a national campaign targeting businesses to promote a wide range of activities, challenges and inter-workplace competitions.

It is free to join and the first phase will be launched across 28 counties in January, 2014.

The Activity Log is a free online challenge, which will run from Monday, January 6, for eight weeks.

Employees in the county will be able to log their level of sport, physical activity and active travel online and compete with other workplaces,

colleagues and friends.

The more activities they do, the more points they will gain.

A spokesman for the Northamptonshire Sport Team, which is challenging workers to be fitter and healthier, said: “You don’t have to be a budding athlete to take part and neither do your colleagues.

“You can make small and simple changes like taking a walk at lunchtime, cycling or walking to work or getting off the bus one stop earlier than usual.

“You don’t have to log on everyday and it’s possible to back-date entries.”

The initiative’s Competition Programme is a series of inter-workplace sporting competitions, each linked to a local sports club.

Anyone who fancies competing against other workplaces in softball, handball, golf, American flag football, hockey, touch rugby and angling is invited to sign up.

The Business Games provides workplaces with the opportunity to battle it out to be crowned Northamptonshire’s number one sporting workplace.

Firms will take part in a range of team sports and sporting challenges in a one-day event.

To take part in the Workplace Challenge please register at www.workplacechallenge.org.uk.