Victoria Walks aims to combat workplace physical inactivity by developing the event - Walk the Block. The aim is simple: to get people away from their desks and onto their feet.
A state-wide Walk the Block was held on Tuesday 17 May 2011. It was a fun and lively event that brought together employees from corporate organisations, government departments and other workplaces across Victoria to walk their block (download flyer).
Walk the Block promotes four simple workplace walking ideas:
Resources for each of these initiatives were sent to workplaces that participated in the state-wide event, so that walking could easily be incorporated into organisations’ working culture.
The state-wide Walk the Block attracted thousands of people from organisations large and small, including several university and government departments, 25 local councils and numerous companies interested in promoting healthier, more active workplaces.
Thank you to VECCI and VicHealth for supporting the event.
Stay tuned for the next state-wide Walk the Block, or use our resources to organise one for your workplace or business district today!
Many of us spend around a third or more of our day at work. This often involves sitting at a desk or in a relatively confined space for hours on end. This is having lasting, adverse effects on our physical and mental health.
Recent studies show a direct link between prolonged periods of sitting and increased incidence of cardio-vascular diseases, even for people who are generally healthy. Essentially, sedentary behaviour is costing workers and employers in many ways.
It is estimated that: