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Supporting individuals

These actions are about how your organisation can help your employees help themselves to sit less and move more.  

Sit less

  • Promote the health benefits of sitting less by displaying Sit less, move more resources in break areas, and putting up posters where workers can see them.
  • Encourage staff to schedule stand-up breaks in their daily calendars.
  • Encourage people to keep a pair of comfortable shoes at work for standing or walking meetings.
  • Introduce staff to Deskercise, a humourous take on making the most of every opportunity to move at work.      

Move more 

  • Promote physically active ways to get to work, including using public transport. Develop an Active Travel Plan for your organisation (see the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s plan as an example).
  • Arrange for people to speak on health and activity-related topics or run workshops to educate and inspire people to get active.
  • Encourage and help your team organise a lunchtime walking group – help map out nearby walking and running routes.
  • Encourage people to take part in national/local and/or corporate events, such as Walk2Work Day or Go by Bike Day, Relay for Life, etc.
  • Consider offering discounts to gyms or other sporting activities.
  • Organise for someone to teach interested staff a new sport or physical activity – consider subsidising it or offering it free.
  • Download/order and distribute the Ministry of Health’s Healthy Eating, Active Living advice booklet for adults.

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