Cheshire College – South & West pledge to become an Active College with Active Cheshire to help improve the physical and mental wellbeing of workers and learners.
One of Cheshire College – South & West’s Campuses is based in Ellesmere Port. They plan to activate and embed physical activity into the daily life of all learners and staff across all three sites in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester. Approximately 600 staff work for the College, with the majority of them being office-based.
To drive cultural change to activate learners and staff, Cheshire College are working in partnership with Active Cheshire. An organisation who provides expert advice and equip employers and schools with the necessary tools to stimulate their inactive environments.
The severe and harmful effects of prolonged inactivity include an increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes, cancer, heart disease and premature death. This has led Active Cheshire to refer to sitting as ‘the new smoking.’
The College is committed to developing and improving ways to enrich the health, wellbeing and quality of life of their staff and learners. Additional support will be made educating and empowering the learners about the importance of regular physical activity and healthy eating. As well as health checks, corporate leisure membership and organised engagement activities.
Helen Nellist, Deputy Principal and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Cheshire College said: “We as a College aim to empower and enable employees and learners to lead healthy and active lifestyles in and outside of the College. We are delighted to endorse this Active Workplace proposal from Active Cheshire and are extremely excited to see how our partnership will blossom over the next few months.”
Anne Boyd, CEO of Active Cheshire “We want to start shifting attitudes in the workplace and education sector. There’s an unwritten expectation to be at your desk at all times. Activating the working environment, including office and break out areas, will be more encouraging to an active culture, promoting positive wellbeing choices and behaviors.”
Most of what Active Cheshire does is to do with change. By encouraging behavioural change, transforming attitudes, mindsets, and habits. The Charity are constantly learning to adapt to the needs and challenges in an increasingly inactive society.