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Midday Mile to get nation’s workplaces moving

PUBLISHED: 10:15 13 May 2015

Employees across the country are being encouraged to take part in the inaugural Midday Mile  (pic: Anthony Upton)

Employees across the country are being encouraged to take part in the inaugural Midday Mile (pic: Anthony Upton)

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Employees encouraged to help raise funds for British Heart Foundation

Employees across the country are invited to take a break from work to take part in the inaugural Midday Mile.

Organised by Workplace Challenge, the workplace activity programme is delivered by 39 County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) across England.

There will be 39 CSP-led Midday Miles taking place nationwide, enabling employees to get together with people from across their local area and join the fun in one of series of centrally-organised, mass participation events.

In addition, to ensure the Workplace Challenge Midday Mile is accessible for all, businesses across the country are encouraged to organise their own Midday Mile.

These tailor-made experiences will enable employees to be part of the action by starting and finishing close to, or even right outside their own workplace.

The event is being supported by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and participants are invited to raise vital funds to help support the charity’s life saving research, whilst giving their heart and lungs a healthy workout.

Participants can donate £3 to the BHF by texting ‘MILE’ to 70123, or can give to collections taking place at the CSP-led events.

Businesses hosting their own Midday Mile events will be able to set up their own collections to support the charity.

Lisa Young, British Heart Foundation Health at Work Project Manager, said: “We are delighted to be the official charity partner for the Workplace Challenge Midday Mile.

“Cardiovascular disease kills more than 160,000 people in the UK every year which is why its vital we do everything we can to protect ourselves against these devastating conditions.

“Keeping physically active can help significantly reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, but it’s clear that as a nation we need to be moving more.”

The Midday Mile takes place midway through the first ever nationwide Workplace Health Week organised by Workplace Challenge (18-22 May).

The week of events, activities and challenges will shine a spotlight on the need for, and benefits of greater levels of workplace activity, whilst also providing employers with inspiring and practical ideas on how to boost activity in and around the workplace.

Lee Mason, Chief Executive of the County Sports Partnership Network said, “Momentum for the Workplace Challenge Midday Mile is growing fast. With 39 County Sports Partnerships involved in bringing the vision of the Midday Mile to life across England, employees in every region of the country will have the chance to enjoy the same activity simultaneously.

iPhone and android users can get even more out of the Workplace Challenge Midday Mile by using the Workplace Challenge app to instantly track and record their participation.

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