Business Irish

Saturday 21 April 2018

Fitness... Employees told to mind health

Professor Niall Moyna
Professor Niall Moyna

Only one in three workers takes the recommended level of exercise for a healthy lifestyle each week, according to a new survey. Three in ten workers undertake no physical exercise during work time with just over a quarter describing themselves as fairly or very physically active, according to the research commissioned by the Nutrition and Health Foundation. Foundation chairman Professor Niall Moyna said employers and employees need to improve exercise levels. The survey aims to highlight Wellbeing Day in March.

"Ireland's workplaces are essential to encouraging healthier lifestyles amongst adults given the considerable amount of time people spend there," Mr Moyna said.

"This campaign aims to help improve employee health through promoting better nutrition and physical activity," he said. "There are lots of ideas and suggestions on our website on how companies can take part along with some practical examples of initiatives."

"With 11 million days lost through absenteeism every year at a cost €1.5bn, workplace wellbeing is in everyone's interest," he added.

"Simply encouraging staff to take 15 minutes exercise, for example, throughout their working day would go a long way towards the 150 minutes' moderate exercise that's recommended weekly.

"This could involve staff taking the stairs rather than the lift or identifying routes of various distances around the vicinity of the workplace for lunchtime walks or runs." Wellbeing Day is supported by Ibec, and companies including Aramark, Bank of Ireland, Teleflex and Fenero, an 11-person financial services contractor in Dublin.

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