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Businesses urged to take leading role in workforce health

Businesses have been urged to help their employees get healthy by encouraging them to walk to work.

Business in the Community is supporting Walk to Work Week on April 26 to 30 in partnership with Connswater Shopping Centre.

It says workers from any type of business can take part by getting off the bus a few stops earlier or going for a walk at lunchtime.

Tanya Kennedy, workplace director at Business in the Community, said: “Walking helps in so many ways. As well as increased heart and lung fitness, walking can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke and improve management of conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes.

“It helps to strengthen bones, improve balance along with increasing muscle strength and endurance. All this and it helps reduce body fat too.

“At Business in the Community we will be recording and reporting the impact of this event, so please let us know numbers of people who walk and the distance covered so we can help motivate more people to get walking.”

Organised walks will be held starting at Connswater.

Gerry Monaghan, centre manager at Connswater Shopping Centre added: “With Connswater at the heart of this environmental development we hope people will use the centre at the start and stop point for their walks during Walk to Work week.”

Belfast Telegraph