Aussie workers are being urged to get active, after a corporate health program revealed participants in the program registered 41 percent less sick days then their non-participating colleagues.
The Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) is aimed at encouraging corporations to help their employees to get active and healthy, through a four-month pedometer-based exercise event that encourages an overall increase in incidental exercise around and within the workplace.
A 12-month research study conducted by the Department of Epidemiology & Preventative Medicine and Monash University into the results of the program revealed that participants increased their physical activity levels by over 350 percent, along with significant and sustained improvements in blood pressure, waist circumference and BMI eight months after completion of the program.
According to leading Australian Nutritionists and GCC co-founder, Shane Bilsborough, if the program was rolled out to more workers, it could bring long-term health and productivity benefits to workplaces across the country.
“This has demonstrated for the first time, that participation in the GCC has the potential to achieve long term health and wellbeing benefits for the Australian workforce,” he said.
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