More than 3,561 workers from businesses across England took part in this year’s Shake Up September, a sporting challenge which aims to encourage employees to bring physical activity into the workplace.
The programme, run by Workplace Challenge, urged employees to try as many sports as they could, taking inspiration from the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio. The top performer in England was Diane Stokes from Hinckley and Rugby Building Society in the East Midlands who logged an incredible 31 unique activities in 30 days to claim a prize.
Lee Mason, Chief Executive of the County Sports Partnership Network, which runs Workplace Challenge, commented: “It’s been a lot of fun of course but there is also a serious message behind all of this. Campaigns like Shake Up September and our Lunchbreak Manifesto, which aims to encourage people to get active on their lunch break, are designed to help and encourage people to introduce physical activity in and around the working day.
“Not enough people are exercising and it is having a serious effect on our health, which is why we want businesses to encourage their employees to find time to get active.”
Shake Up September has finished but organisations and employees can still sign up for the Workplace Challenge for free, where they can log physical activity on the leaderboard and discover great activities to get active in the local community. For more information, visit www.workplacechallenge.org.uk