Nestlé UK staff to take part in global walking challenge

More than 1,500 Nestlé UK employees will take part in a global corporate walking challenge as part of the company’s drive to boost employee wellness.

About one-third of the firm’s UK workforce will aim to walk a daily average of 14,000 steps over the next four months – the equivalent of walking around the world.

Teams in the UK will chart their progress against colleagues worldwide on a website, and will be offered advice on keeping fit by UK athletes, including 15-year-old diver Tom Daley.

Chief executive Paul Grimwood said: “By firmly embedding our employee wellness programme at every level, we can achieve real improvements in our employees’ attitudes to exercise and nutrition. We feel the results on the bottom line, and they feel the benefit to their waist lines.”

The wellbeing project was announced last week as the government began its consultation on how the new fit notes – designed to replace doctors’ sicknotes and cut down on absence – will work.

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