Physical Activity

Physical inactivity and sedentary behaviours are emerging as two different health risks. As such, employers need to look at workplace physical activity as both:

  • Purposeful periods of time spent being active at moderate or vigorous intensity, as short as 10 minutes in duration
  • Incidental movements employees take throughout the workday, including steps taken to break up time spent stationary

Not only will employees benefit on an individual basis, but organizations will also reap rewards.

Note:  Physical activity can also be realized when employees use active transportation to get to and from work and to go between meetings during the work day.  The Project Health website also has information about Active Transportation

 

Project Health Handbook
The Project Health Handbook provides the employer with topic-specific background information to help make a business case for workplace wellness planning and programming, including suggested workplace wellness goals and topic specific comprehensive workplace health promotion strategies. Click to access the Physical Activity section of the Handbook for Healthy Workplaces in Waterloo Region.

Services
Project Health offers a variety of services to workplaces on specific health-related topics (see the Project Health Topics section of the website for specific topic areas):

Resources
Project Health offers a variety of reso
urces on each of our health promotion topics (see the Project Health Topics section of the website for specific topic areas):

 

 

Helpful Links
1 Active Meetings (Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina – Guide to Making Physical Activity Part of Meetings, Conferences and Events)
1 Active Transportation (Region of Waterloo Public Health - Project Health)
1 Business Case (Alberta Centre for Active Living -Bottom Line Benefits of Physical Activity @ Work)
1 Business Case - Moving Ahead: Making the Case for Healthy Active Living in Canada (Conference Board of Canada)
1 Business Case - Moving Ahead: Taking Steps to Reduce Physical Inactivity and Sedentary Behaviour (Conference Board of Canada)
1 Business Case - Moving Ahead: The Economic Impact of Reducing Physical Inactivity and Sedentary Behaviour (Conference Board of Canada)
1 Evaluating your Physical Activity Strategy (Alberta Centre for Active Living)
1 General Physical Activity (Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Resource Institute)
1 General Physical Activity (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology - Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaires)
1 General Physical Activity (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology- electronic/online Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaires)
1 General Physical Activity (Physical Activity Line, British Columbia)
1 General Physical Activity (Region of Waterloo Public Health)
1 General Physical Activity - Eat Well Be Active Educational Toolkit (Health Canada)
1 General Physical Activity - Get Active Tip Sheets (Public Health Agency of Canada)
1 General Physical Activity - Physical Activity Guidelines (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology)
1 Physical Activity at Work (California Department of Public Health - Fit Business Kit)
1 Physical Activity at Work (Alberta Centre for Active Living)
1 Physical Activity at Work (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention)
1 Policies for Physical Activity at Work (Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina)
1 Policies for Physical Activity at Work (Alberta Centre for Active Living)
1 Policies for Physical Activity at Work (includes sample policy (City of Hamilton)
1 Policies for physical activity at work (NHS Kirlees, UK)
1 Policies for Physical Activity at Work (Niagara Public Health - Policy Development Toolkit)
1 Policies for Physical Activity at Work (WorkHealth WorkSafe, Government of Victoria, Australia - Writing a Healthy Workplace Policy)
1 Policies for Physical Activity at Work (WorkHealth WorkSafe, Government of Victoria, Australia – Physical Activity Policy)
1 Policies for Physical Activity at Work - sample policies attached to this toolkit for flex time, healthy meetings, membership and user fees, physical activity at work (Northwestern Health Unit)
1 Policies for Reducing Sedentary Behaviours in the Workplace (Maine)
1 Shift Work (Alberta Centre for Active Living)
1 Sneak it In Week (ParticipACTION)
1 Stairway Promotion (California Department of Public Health - Healthy Stairwells Tool)
1 Stairway Promotion (Move More North Carolina A Guide to Stairwell Initiatives)
1 Stairway Promotion (Region of Waterloo Public Health - Move more...sit less...take the stairs)
1 Stairway Promotion (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & StairWELL to Better Health)
1 Walking (Centre for Disease Control - Workplace Walkability Audits)
1 Walking (Walk Arlington, Virginia)
1 Walking (Walk B.C. - Workplace Walking)
1 Walking Challenge (Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina: Solving the Puzzle of Moving More)
1 Walking Challenge (Region of Waterloo Public Health - Move more...sit less Workplace Challenge)
1 Walking Challenge (York Region Public Health)
1 Walking Groups (California Department of Public Health)
1 Walking Groups (Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit)
1 Walking Groups (Manitoba in Motion)
1 Walking Maps (Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina, Guide to Creating Walking Maps)
1 Workstation Activities (Alberta Centre for Active Living - includes online videos)
1 Workstation Activities (Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers - Exercises at Your Workstation)
1 Workstation Activities (Stretches for the Active Workplace – Halton Region Public Health)
1 Workstation Activities (Stretches for the Office Workplace – Halton Region Public Health)