“Unprecedented” Number of Businesses Back City Health Campaign

An unprecedented amount of businesses pushed physical activity and fitness back onto the working agenda in a bid to make Sheffield more active.

B.-Braun-striders---colour-obstacle-rushWith the help of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine and the city of Sheffield, over 600 teams from 140 firms signed up to the third annual Move More Month Workplace Challenge.

Around 3,200 individuals from businesses participated and recorded a staggering five million minutes whilst taking part in physical activity.

The challenge matched firms across the city against each other to find out who the most active workforce is in Sheffield, with the winners announced at a special event later this month.

Professor Robert Copeland, Director of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise and Move More, said: “We’re particularly delighted to see the impact the Workplace Challenge has had on Sheffield businesses, with a record number of firms taking part in 2018.”

Businesses weren’t the only ones to take part in Move More Month though, as thousands of pupils in schools across the city signed up to battle it out during their lunch breaks.

Football fans also joined the fun as Sheffield Wednesday triumphed over Sheffield United, recording 308,733 active minutes to their rivals 189,471.

Paul Smith, England’s strongest junior, celebrated Move More Month by pulling a double-decker bus at Sheffield’s Olympic Legacy Park.

Tom Hughes, project lead for Move More Month at Sheffield City Council said: “We’re extremely proud to be pioneers here in Sheffield and to set an example to other cities to follow suit.”

Move More Month and The Workplace Challenge is a five-year long initiative that aims to transform Sheffield into the most active city in the UK by 2020.

A website and app were used to help participants record minutes and keep track of the standings throughout the competitions duration.

The winners of the Workplace Challenge will be announced at a special event on 19 July at Glide House, Attercliffe.

Awards include most improved individual, most active team, most engaged workplace and most active sole trader.