Workers across Suffolk are set to ditch their desks to take part in a ‘Midday Mile’ on Thursday (26 May), as part of a nationwide initiative designed to bring physical activity into and around the workplace.
Many local businesses have already pledged their support to the second annual Midday Mile, which will see thousands of employees walk, jog, run or cycle one mile at 12noon on Thursday – and it’s not too late to get involved.
Suffolk Sport will even be hosting its own Midday Mile starting at Suffolk Coastal District Council at 12noon on Thursday. It’s free to take part and you don’t need to register.
It’s all part of Workplace Health Week from 23 – 27 May, which is organised by Workplace Challenge in collaboration with Suffolk Sport and other County Sports Partnerships across England.
The event is being promoted on Twitter using the hashtag #MiddayMile, where participants will be uploading photos of their own Midday Mile. Suffolk Sport is also offering a host of advice, events, tips and tasters for local businesses and employees as part of Workplace Health Week.
Susannah Challis, Workplace Challenge Lead of Suffolk Sport said: “Following on from its success last year, the Midday Mile is the highlight of a packed week of activities designed to inspire, encourage and raise awareness. Not enough people are meeting the Government’s target of 150 minutes of exercise each week, so the Midday Mile is a great way for businesses to encourage an active lunch break.
“We want local businesses to give their employees the freedom and flexibility to exercise in and around their working day – starting with the Midday Mile on Thursday.
“You don’t have to be fit, this is just about getting away from the desk, out of the factory or off the shop floor and being active; you could walk, run, cycle or even dance the mile away.
“It’s not too late to take part, so whether you are a business or an employee keen to get involved, visit www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/suffolk to find out more information.”