Get on your bike, go green and improve staff fitness

With health secretary Alan Johnson’s announcement of a £372m anti-obesity strategy (Personnel Today, 29 January), the pressure will be on employers to invest in new health policies to support employee health.

But it needn’t be expensive. Employers could encourage staff to take up cycling – a low impact and sociable activity that offers major health benefits. Just 30 minutes of cycling three or four times a week can reduce the risk of heart disease and obesity by 50%, according to the British Heart Foundation.

Simon Theobald
Managing director,
Pedalite International

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