Launch of Liverpool Active Workplace Toolkit

Liverpool City Council and NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group are launching a get fit toolkit for workers.

The Liverpool Active Workplace Toolkit is being rolled out as part of the Liverpool Active City Strategy 2014-21.

It will be launched today at the Liverpool Business Fair at Liverpool Football Club with speakers including:

  • Dr Sandra Davies, Director of Public Health, Liverpool City Council
  • Danny Woodworth, Physical Activity and Sport Officer, Merseyside Sport Partnership
  • Nicky Yates, Strategic Physical Activity & Sport Development Manager, Liverpool City Council

The Toolkit has been developed to maximise the benefits of developing active workforces across Liverpool.

Local and national research shows that as well as benefiting physical and mental health, developing a more active workforce can improve productivity, teamwork and morale in the workplace, whilst also reducing sickness absence.

Currently 44% of adults working in Liverpool are not meeting minimum physical activity guidelines and are missing out on a wide range of benefits to their current and future health and wellbeing.

In partnership with Merseyside Sport Partnership, who were commissioned by LCC/LCCG to deliver the Liverpool Active Workplace Programme in 2017, the Toolkit aims to help local employers promote the benefits of physical activity to employees, bringing together best practice and demonstrating the benefits for employers in enabling their workforce to be come more active. It includes lots of ideas that employers can try to enable staff to increase their daily activity levels – all are designed to be low cost, quick and simple to implement.

The Toolkit is supported by the city’s ‘Fit For Me’ campaign, which aims to inspire everyone in the city of Liverpool to become more active.  Employers can download the Toolkit for free via the Fit for Me website www.fitforme.info/workplacetoolkit

Cllr Tim Beaumont, Mayoral Lead for City Well-being & Healthy Weight Champion, said: “This is a great resource for employers in Liverpool to get their workforce moving. Benefits of having a more active workforce are better overall morale, lower staff turnover, improved productivity, teamwork and communication, we see absenteeism reduced by up to 20%, and it also demonstrates good corporate social responsibility which is attractive to prospective employees.”

Dr Maurice Smith, local GP and NHS Liverpool CCG’s Clinical Lead for Living Well, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the launch of the Liverpool Active Workplace Toolkit. It’s a fantastic resource packed full of simple ideas for employers to use to help encourage staff to be more active during the working day.

“Believe it or not, you don’t need to spend hours and hours exercising to live an active lifestyle either. Even introducing small changes into the working day can make a big difference to the health and wellbeing of employees. So whether that’s trialling some standing or walking meetings, or just encouraging staff to get away from the desk and take a short walk over their lunch break, or even encouraging walking or cycling as part of the daily commute, as long as it gets the heart beating a bit faster, it all counts.”