The Active Lunch Challenge is an eight-week activity challenge launching in the New Year (Wednesday 4th January 2017), designed to encourage more people in Kent to introduce ten minute ‘bite size’ chunks of activity in and around their working day, to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The challenge which runs until 28th February, will provide exciting examples and opportunities for people to get active and log their activity, from office table tennis to walking meetings.

It’s all part of the national Workplace Challenge programme, aimed at supporting and promoting physical activity in and around the workplace. An estimated 40 per cent of people do not exercise enough, according to Public Health England. Research conducted by the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health (BHFNC), shows that time is the biggest barrier to sport and activity.

By encouraging participation during the lightest and brightest part of the day, the eight-week Active Lunch Challenge will also support mental health, helping to tackle Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). NHS guidelines state that getting plenty of regular exercise, particularly outdoors and in daylight, can help to improve symptoms of SAD.

active-lunch-fb-imageKevin Day, Director of Kent Sport, said: “It’s so important that more people introduce physical activity into and around their working day, but the perception for many is that it’s just too difficult to achieve.

“In fact, small steps can make a real difference. We want local people to get away from their desks, get off the shop floor and get out of the factory. It doesn’t matter what they do, the most important thing is that they take steps to change their normal routine over the eight week challenge by introducing some form of physical activity.”

Kent Sport are keen to work with local employers to support events, provide inspiration and encourage teams to get involved over the eight weeks and beyond.

Kent-based employees can sign up for Workplace Challenge for free, where they can log activity and compete against others in company-wide, local and national challenges.

For more details, please visit: www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/kent