Workplace well-being at NFDC recognised
New Forest District Council (NFDC) has been recognised at the Energise Me awards (30 March 2017) for their contribution to improving activity in the workplace.
4 April 2017
Jamie Burton, our physical activity manager, picked up the Active Workplace award on behalf of NFDC for the work he has done to give employees the opportunity to be more active.
Jamie explains why an active workplace is to be encouraged, "New Forest District Council strives to continue to be a great place to work and the wellbeing of employees is important if we are to deliver a quality service to our local residents.
"People who exercise during working hours have the same or even higher production levels and take fewer absences from work. Regular exercise has many benefits and results in a workforce that is healthier and more energetic. Employees are often happier to be at work, more resilient and less depressed.
"People often find difficulty in fitting the recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week in to their busy lives. Spending 30 minutes at lunchtime being active is a great way of achieving this".
Some of the projects Jamie has been instrumental in supporting include Ping! table tennis, the Sustrans Active Steps scheme to encourage active commuting, Cycling UK healthy cycle rides, beginners running sessions, and participation in the Energise ME Workplace Challenge.
The awards, which took place at St Marys stadium in Southampton, also saw Paralympic gold medal swimmers Alice Tai and Mikey Jones nominated for junior and senior sportsperson. Both Alice and Mikey are recipients of support from NFDC through the Hampshire Talented Athlete scheme, which supports selected athletes recognise their potential. Alice Tai won the Junior Sportsperson category.
The Energise Me awards reward achievement in sport and focus on celebrating the achievements and dedication of local heroes across many different sports and activities