National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM)
The NCSEM is an Olympic Legacy project awarded to only three cities in the UK – London, Loughborough/Nottingham and Sheffield. There is much evidence that physical activity improves health and reduces load on the Health Service. Future predictions on load on the Health Service show exponential rises partly because we are generally living longer and because older people need more care. We are proud to participate in a project to prove and calibrate the benefits of activity to health improvements because as a Chamber we know that in business we have to tackle the route causes and not just treat the symptoms. Please have a look at the attached information to get an awareness of what the NCSEM is and how we are tackling its implementation.
We expect the NCSEM to be the major program to increase physical activity in Sheffield. It has massive benefits to business because fitter employess tend to be more productive, less inclinded to get sick and recover quicker if they do. The Chamber will be massively involved in the workplace programs because we know that this will drive benefits in our sector.
Did you know?
- Absenteeism and a decline in productivity associated with chronic disease costs industry and business an estimated £100 billion every year with a large proportion of this attributable to physical inactivity in the workforce (NICE, 2009).
- Indeed, musculo-skeletal (MSK) conditions account for £12.3 billion in health costs and lost productivity each year and the cost of mental ill health to employers is estimated at £28.3 billion (NICE, 2009).
- Conversely, there is considerable evidence of the link between good health and enhanced quality of life and work productivity.
- The healthiest quarter of the workforce is happier, less prone to illness and 18 per cent more productive than the least healthy quarter.
- More importantly, improvements in physical and mental wellbeing can be achieved via intervention, with workforce wellness programmes representing one of the most significant strategies.
- Indeed, lifestyle changes that result from an effective workforce health programme can equate to at least a 400% return on investment for employers.
- Based on this, the question regarding workplace wellness interventions is not whether to invest but what to invest in.