Promoting physical activity in the workplace

NICE guidelines [PH13] Published date:

Review decision: 

No update required – reconsider in relation to workplace wellbeing in due course.

Next review date: September 2014

This guidance is for employers and professionals in small, medium and large organisations, especially those working in human resources or occupational health. It will also be of interest to employees, trades union representatives and members of the public.

Recommendations for employers include:

  • Develop an organisation-wide plan and introduce and monitor an organisation-wide, multi-component programme to encourage and support employees to be more physically active. (This could be part of a broader programme to improve health.)
  • Encourage employees to walk, cycle or use another mode of transport involving physical activity to travel part or all of the way to and from work (for example, by developing a travel plan).
  • Help employees to be physically active during the working day, for example, by encouraging them to take the stairs or walk to external meetings.

  • The guidance complements and supports, but does not replace, NICE guidance on: physical activity and the environment, workplace smoking and obesity.

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