A healthy & active workplace reigns in the July Active Workplace Games

In a bid to create a healthier workforce, ten companies took part in this Summer's Tyne & Wear Active Workplace Games.

The Games were organised by Tyne & Wear Sport to provide companies with an opportunity to encourage their employees to be more active, and gain from the benefits of a healthier workforce.

The winners of the Games were the team from Egger UK. Carys Laidler from the winning team said: “In our company we motivate people to get active and this Active Workplace Games has provided our company with the opportunity to fulfil our intentions of maintaining an active workplace. We'll definitely be back again.”

Other teams competing on the day included Newcastle Rugby Ltd, Health Education England, Virgin Money, Leica Biosystems, Pentland Distribution Services, Foundation of Light and South Tyneside Foundation Trust

Charlotte Carr from Health Education England said: “I think there are huge benefits to being involved in Active Workplace, especially from an employee morale point of view. We’ve got together outside of work and got to know people who we don’t normally work with day to day.”

Research by the British Heart Foundation has revealed that 172 million working days a year in the UK are lost due to sickness absence at a cost of approximately £13 billion to employers.

Jasmine Danby, Workplace Activity Manager at Tyne & Wear Sport said: "The Games went really well and are always a lot of fun for everyone involved. Our aim is to help people lead an active and healthy lifestyle. By working with employers we're able to reach a large part of the population, and in return, organisations benefit from a more active workplace leading to less absenteeism, improved staff morale and increased productivity."