Occupational health

Guidelines on improving the physical fitness of employees

By Frank Kelly, Health Promotion Agency for Northern Ireland

Low physical activity is a major public health issue despite the considerable health benefits that can be gained from regular activity. This document describes the rationale for keeping active and the major steps which may be undertaken at the workplace to facilitate wider involvement of staff and their families in physical activity. It presents the benefits for employers and gives examples of successful programmes in various enterprises. Ten steps covering all aspects of a workplace health programme devoted to physical activity are described in detail, followed by the important considerations in designing a programme.

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