The GCC is a health and fitness initiative developed specifically for the corporate workplace. It was created to address the emerging health crisis resulting from the triple threat – longer workdays, sedentary occupations and little or no exercise. Participants are encouraged to reach an average of 10,000 steps a day, enough to reduce the chances of developing diabetes, coronary heart disease and other life threatening diseases. The average office worker only takes 3,500 daily steps.
This year 8,517 teams from 775 different organisations across 41 countries worldwide took part. Swindon Borough Council entered 27 teams this year as part of Leisure Services Active@Work Project. Throughout the 125 days of the challenge, the 189 council participants walked a total of 213,916,594 steps covering an amazing 85,070 miles.
At the end of GCC 09 a behavioural survey asked participants to comment on whether their participation in 2009 had changed their energy level, fitness level and/or weight. Swindon Borough Council participants experienced the following changes:
- 67% reported an increase in energy
- 73% reported an increase in fitness
- 47% reported a loss in weight (average weight loss reported was 8.6lbs)
- Participants have increased the number of walking journeys by 52%
- Car/Motorbike use has decreased by 40%
- Participants have increased the number of bicycle journeys by 5%
For more information on Leisure Services Active @ Work initiative please contact Darren Gunter on 01793 511033 or email Darren at email@example.com