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Penwith Community Development Trust (PCDT)

Pedometer Challenge

38 Employees
Staff at Penwith Community Development Trust (PCDT) are putting their best
feet forward to trek across the United States - without leaving Cornwall.

Almost 30 members of staff jumped at the chance to pick up a free pedometer
and join one of four teams competing to be the first to walk 3,452 miles -
the distance from San Francisco to Maine.
Taking on the Pedometer Challenge is part of PCDT's bid to gain the Cornwall
and Isles of Scilly Workplace Health Award. The award, a county standard of
good practice, and a quality mark of health and wellbeing in the workplace,
aims to achieve national recognition for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as the
healthiest places in Britain to work.
PCDT's Human Resources and Central Liaison Manager Anna Hopkins, who has
been plotting the teams' scores on a giant map of America, said: "The
pedometer challenge has been a success story in so many ways. We were
pleasantly surprised at the number of staff joining the challenge. Interest just
seemed to snowball, and we were soon having to order more pedometers.

“It has provoked a huge amount of
rivalry – mostly friendly! – amongst
the teams. Staff are certainly
motivated to walk more and the
additional exercise means they are
becoming more fit and healthy.
“It has been good to hear the different ways that staff
have managed to boost their number of steps. This has
included parking the car further away from the office, going
for a walk at lunchtime, walking to meetings instead of
using the car, and walking the dog regularly.”

- Sue Guard, Chief Executive
Health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace

In the United Kingdom during 2013–2014 an estimated 1.2 million people who worked during the last
year were suffering from an illness (long-standing as well as new cases) they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work. Half a million of these appear to be new conditions which started during the year. 

 

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