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Cheshire CCGs pledge to improve workforce health and wellbeing

Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are leading the way by taking the Active Workplace Pledge in partnership with Active Cheshire to support the health and wellbeing of their workforce.

In a move that builds on the existing workforce wellbeing priorities of the CCGs this partnership will identify and implement new ways of encouraging colleagues to increase levels of activity throughout their day.

With sedentary lifestyles representing a major societal challenge, the Cheshire CCGs and Active Cheshire aim to make a difference and demonstrate that there are a wealth of benefits to individuals and organisations of integrating physical activity into our daily routines, whether at work or at home.

Evidence shows that those in office-based professions spend as much as 75% of their waking hours sat down, and we want to ensure that local working practices and environments help us to integrate activity – which could involve anything from walking or standing meetings, to colleagues supporting each other to complete challenges. The options are infinite and will include a range of easy to implement ideas to suit a range of lifestyles and challenges.

Announcing the launch of the CCGs’ Active Workplace Pledge, Accountable Officer Clare Watson (pictured) said “We have always valued the health and wellbeing of our workforce, and taking the Active Workplace Pledge will provide real focus and direction in supporting the health and wellbeing of our teams in a positive and inclusive way that will ultimately support our organisational objectives.”

Anne Boyd, Active Cheshire CEO said, “It’s fantastic to see the local NHS take such a step towards bettering the lives of their employees, and importantly, recognising the impact that can have on organisational performance”. Anne continued, “We are very excited about this partnership and the prospect of working together to support those that work so hard to make sure that the people of Cheshire get the healthcare that they need.

The Active Workplace Pledge will see the partnership grow throughout 2019, with colleagues across Cheshire having the opportunity to influence, inform, and benefit in a range of ways.

Throughout February the Cheshire CCGs will be working with Active Cheshire to develop their Active Workplace Plan to ensure a healthy start to 2019.