Workers challenged to new year health blitz

Steven Carter with his Great North Run vest. Picture by FRANK REID. IRN
Steven Carter with his Great North Run vest. Picture by FRANK REID. IRN

FIRMS across Hartlepool are being encouraged to go on a health blitz this new year and face off against other businesses.

The My Team 2015 scheme, an initiative masterminded by Workplace Challenge, will run throughout the year but will start with an eight-week long challenge running between January 5 and March 1.

The Tees Valley Sport campaign is calling on employees throughout the town to get together with colleagues to pool their efforts and win points for their workplace by taking part in sports and other physical pursuits using Workplace Challenge’s online activity tracker tool.

The company earning the highest number of activity points by March 1 will clinch the title of the most active workplace in Teesside.

To add extra fire and the motivation of a little bit of friendly rivalry to the 2015 competition, Tees Valley Sport is also encouraging participants to share their team goals and successes via social media and challenge other local businesses to take up the challenge using #MyTeam2015 on Twitter or a new “refer a friend or colleague” option.

Steven Carter, health improvement practitioner (workplace, obesity and physical activity) at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Tees Valley Sport to roll out My Team 2015 across Hartlepool.

“We would love to see businesses in Hartlepool embracing the social spirit of the new campaign, using the camaraderie generated to support their employees in leading healthier lifestyles and in turn enjoying the productivity and cost-saving benefits a more physically active workforce has been proven to generate.

“We have lots of incentives and prizes for workplaces taking part in the eight week campaign from January, so now is a great time to join Workplace Challenge.”

Lee Mason, chief executive of the County Sports Partnership Network (CSPN), said: “The aim of My Team 2015 is to encourage workers to build their own support network by initiating a team approach to exercise at work.

“It’s a team-spirited ethos we believe strongly in at the CSPN and will be actively promoting through every member of our network in 2015.”

For more information and to register your workplace in My Team 2015 go to www.workplacechallenge.org.uk