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Scotland’s walking charity is calling on businesses in Argyll and Bute to sign up to its new accreditation that aims to reverse the trend of inactive workplaces.
Paths for All has created the Walk at Work Award to reward employers across the country who are encouraging walking in their workplace.
With the average working-age adult sitting for 9.5 hours a day, the charity will not just recognise employers who promote everyday walking, but will offer guidance to those who want their workforce to become more active.
Active meetings, lunchtime walks, standing desks and promoting ways to get to work on foot will all count towards the award.
By signing up for the award, employers will receive one-to-one support on how to create a walking culture at work as well as examples of best practice and where to find extra help and resources.
Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills Jamie Hepburn said: ‘When people commute, particularly those who work in offices or who travel by car, they tend to be more inactive. This award will reward employers who encourage regular walks, breaks from the desk and activity during the working day.
‘It will also offer support to businesses who are interested in helping their staff become more active but perhaps don’t know where to start.
‘I’d encourage employers to look at what they can do to foster a walking culture and register for the Walk at Work Award.’
Ian Findlay, chief officer at Paths for All, said: ‘Walking is one of the simplest and best things we can do for our physical and mental health. It’s free, you don’t need any special equipment, and it can be easily incorporated into the average working day.
‘This award will not only reward workplaces that are creating a walking culture for their staff, it will also increase and encourage a variety of different walking opportunities and activities during the day.’
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS) is among the first businesses to sign up to the Walk at Work Award.
For more information, or to register for the Walk at Work Award, visit www.walkatwork.scot, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01259 218888.