Barnsley not-for-profit organisation Team Activ has pioneered a new scheme designed to boost the health and wellbeing of local businesses.
The free initiative, Trek Activ 2016 will encourage Barnsley businesses to walk to work, walk during their lunch breaks and get active in their leisure time.
The programme, which is funded the Department for Transport’s Sustainable Travel Fund, aims to increase the health and wellbeing of local businesses while boosting workplace productivity and cutting carbon emissions as more employees choose walking over driving.
Trek Activ will include bespoke Team Activ training sessions for participating businesses covering route planning, leading walks, health and safety and providing example walks in the local area.
Team Activ will also provide an online registration, which will monitor each participant’s activity levels and create an online community of Barnsley walkers, and Trek Activ Tips: an online toolkit to help businesses engage their team.
The Walk 1000 Miles Challenge, as part of the programme, will encourage businesses to compete by logging miles they have covered over the programme.
Darren Padgett, director of Team Activ, said: “At Team Activ we want to inspire the corporate sector to push towards a healthier workforce.
“Sitting at a desk all day is hugely detrimental to health, so the more activity employees can do the better.
“We want to inspire workplaces in Barnsley to make small healthy changes, such as walking to work.
“Besides the obvious health benefits, getting active has proved to increase productivity and slash employee absences due to long term illness.
“We want to encourage as many local businesses as possible to take part.”
Nicola Bladen, senior travel advisor at Sustainable Transport, at Inmotion! said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Team Activ to provide this programme for local businesses.
“Team Activ have delivered innovative events and activities to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities, schools and businesses and we’re sure this new initiative will prove to be just as successful! We would like to encourage as many businesses as possible to take part.”