07/18/2008

Promoting physical activity in the workplace

The British National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) - as
an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on the
promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health - has
published a new guidance on 'Promoting physical activity in the workplace'.

This new guidance is for employers and professionals in small, medium and large
organisations who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for,
improving health in the workplace. This includes those working in the NHS,
local authorities and the wider public, voluntary, community and private
sectors, especially those working in human resources or occupational health. It
will also be of interest to employees, trades union representatives and members
of the public.

Increasing physical activity levels will help prevent and manage over 20
conditions and diseases including cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes and
obesity. It can also help to promote mental wellbeing.

Many employers recognise that they have an obligation to the health and
wellbeing of their workforce. Investing in the health of employees can also
bring business benefits such as reduced sickness absence, increased loyalty and
better staff retention.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence