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Thousands sign up to workplace challenge

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 17, 2014

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WORKERS in Derbyshire have embraced a challenge aimed at encouraging employees to become more active.

More people in the county have been signing up the county’s Workplace Challenge than than in almost any other part of the country, project leaders have said.

More than 1,000 people and 180 workplaces in Derbyshire have so far signed up to the Workplace Challenge, with only Norfolk and Lincolnshire seeing more people taking part.

The programme is being rolled out nationally by the County Sports Partnership Network in collaboration with the British Heart Foundation Health at Work programme, to encourage workers to lead more active lifestyles.

Angela Kirkham, Active Lifestyles Development Officer at Derbyshire Sport, said: “The Workplace Challenge has really captured the imagination of workplaces across Derbyshire to be more active in a competitive yet fun way.

“Participants don’t have to be sporty and fit to join in, any activity can be logged.

“This could include walking or cycling to work, going for a lunchtime swim or gym class, or going for a jog or playing football with friends or colleagues after work.”

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