Healthy workplace, healthy economy

Thursday 10th May - 13:15-14:05

Ill health among the working age population costs the economy £100bn every year, while sickness absence costs employers £9bn a year.

There is a huge role for physical activity to play in keeping the workforce healthy, fit, well – and productive. Indeed, as laid out in the government’s Sporting Future strategy, the benefits for employers and staff of a physically active workforce include greater levels of staff engagement and commitment to the organisation, lower rates of absence, and fewer retirements on health grounds.

This panel discussion will review the role of physical activity in the workplace; explore how employers can create the sort of healthy workplaces that encourage staff to be physically active; and offer advice on how to target those who are currently inactive – the group in which benefits will be most pronounced.

Andrew Watson, Project Manager (National Workplace Challenge) at County Sports Partnership Network

Day 2: 13:15-14:05 Active Nation

Work Experience: Andrew has been part of the County Sports Partnership national team since June 2015. He was previously Sports Development Officer at Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport from 2009 and at Harborough District Council from 2006.

Lead Work Areas: Active workplaces including national strategy development and partnerships to engage and tackle inactivity in workplaces.

Panellists include:

Professor Gina Radford, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at Department for Health

June Clark, Health and Wellbeing Manager at Nestle

Ria Ingleby, Founder at Well +

Dr Ben Kelly, Head of Clinical Research & Outcomes at Nuffield Health

James Shillaker, Managing Director at Incorpore