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Workers get NICE and fit

29/05/2008

Workers have been encouraged by new guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) to take more physical exercise.

It found people of working age are often not active enough to benefit their health and healthcare costs in England cost £8.2 billion each year.

Professor Peter Littlejohns, clinical and public health director, said: "With working people spending an estimated 60 per cent of their waking hours at work, many employers already recognise their responsibility for the health and wellbeing of their employees."

NICE advised that physical activity can help to prevent or manage conditions and diseases including coronary heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

It recommended employers develop a plan for workers to be more active, encourage staff to walk or cycle to work and help them be more physically active during the day.

"As well as benefiting staff, a healthy workforce can result in financial benefits for employers, including increased productivity and less sickness absence as well as greater staff retention," Professor Littlejohns advised.

Last year, the Department for Children, Schools and Families launched an initiative to give every child the opportunity to take part in five hours of sport a week.

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