The eight-week challenge, which concluded on 10 September 2023, saw participation from 59 members and over 800 participants. From walking, running, cycling, weight training and team sports, participants took part in various forms of physical activity to improve their day-to-day fitness and covered a total combined distance of 302, 976kms.
Fitness for work is an ongoing challenge for many local governments as they manage an ageing workforce with increasing chronic issues such as obesity, heart disease, and mental illness. This activity challenge was designed to encourage behavioural change to improve overall wellbeing.
We partnered with one of our preferred wellbeing providers, Health by Design, to provide all our members and their staff access to this fun and interactive physical activity challenge.
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Congratulations to the team at Shire of Mount Marshall for winning the challenge, kudos to your teamwork and dedication!
Here is what some of our participating members had to say about our activity challenge.
“The great thing about this challenge is it takes any kind of physical activity we do throughout the day and lets us apply it to our travels/kms. Everyone on the team is very active in different ways, from doing swimming or running or gym workouts so we can be a great team while still being individuals and doing the kind of exercise we love and are good at.”
“But it has encouraged us to keep focused on what we are doing and given extra motivation to keep moving even on those days when you don’t always feel like it but feel better for it after you’re done.”
“My contribution has been consistently focused on cycling. I commute to work daily and cycle in my free time. The commute to work is accessible and safe for riders of all abilities. I use the bike path along the train line and detour through Karrakatta to reach Smyth Road. The City’s end of trip facilities are great, however there is an opportunity for enclosed/locked bike storage should more employees choose this method of travel.”
“For me, I attend group fitness classes, the gym and swimming. The challenge has improved my wellbeing awareness.” – Workplace Health and Safety Officer at City of Nedlands
Overall, most staff members are using this opportunity to commute to work via active transport. The city has great facilities to support that, change rooms, showers and iron. We have acquired 12 bike racks and will place them over the 5 main departments (admin, depot, libraries, arts centre, and aged and childcare facilities. This will support staff that wish to cycle to work.” – City of Nedlands
This what the individual staff at the City said about the challenge –
“I am doing this because I am recovering from cancer treatment and, after spending almost 17 months stuck in the house, I get outside as much as I can. I enjoy hiking, walking and swimming (mainly in the ocean).”
“I am participating in the challenge since it is an easy and flexible way to get involved in wellness initiatives offered by the City of Gosnells. There’s no set time or location which makes this easier than a lot of other sessions – my work hours fall outside office hours so I often can’t attend.”
“I am adding my regular daily exercise to the challenge portal. The main activity I’ve got listed is walking. I add a small amount of time to cover my physical activity during work hours, but most is my evening gym sessions.”
“This is an additional motivator to stay active during the winter months when it is a bit harder to drag myself out of the house.”
“I love participating in challenges as they motivate me to move more”
“These challenges bring people together and are great for team building, in addition to the health benefits they offer.”
For more information on LGIS health and wellbeing strategies, please get in touch with our WorkCare services manager, James Larkin at [email protected]
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