Oxford Health NHS Foundation has been named as the most active workplace in Oxfordshire, after becoming a winner at the Oxfordshire Sports Awards.
On Friday 28 November, the work of the trust’s Health, Wellbeing and Action Group was acknowledged when it was given the ‘Active Workplace Award’ as part of the Oxfordshire Sports Awards 2014, supported by BBC Oxford and Oxford Mail. The award was in recognition of innovation to improve the health and wellbeing of employees, particularly through increased physical activity.
A wealth of evidence shows that an active life is essential for physical and mental wellbeing and increased energy levels can boost workplace productivity and reduce sickness absence. The trust recognises that getting our workforce moving every day is essential and that if we want our staff to be active every day, physical activity needs to be made easy, fun and accessible.
Winning this award is a fantastic achievement and is a great way of recognising the hard work of the staff and their ongoing commitment to ensuring that staff health and wellbeing is embedded within our organisational culture.
One of the most recent workplace challenges was the popular trust-wide pedometer challenge in September which saw over 436 members of staff taking part (with a combined result of over 53,000,000steps taken during the month). Other initiatives supported throughout 2014 have included wellbeing days, exercise classes for, a bike salary sacrifice scheme and discounts with local bike stores, table tennis tables at two sites, a couch-to-5k running programme, health walks at our main sites and the development of a health and wellbeing champion network, which has over 100 members.
You can find out more about the awards here: http://www.oxfordshiresport.org/2014-winners