The UK Government’s Chief People Officer supports CSSC’s Active Wellbeing campaign

CSSC’s Active Wellbeing campaign gains support from across the civil service, with UK Government Chief People Officer Fiona Ryland adding her voice to a host of civil servants supporting the campaign and urging colleagues to sign up before the closing date from January 31. Active Wellbeing encourages colleagues to support each other to become more active in their free time to improve mental and physical health.

Fiona Ryland, the government’s Chief People Officer, said: “The positive effects of physical activity on overall well-being can no longer be argued. There is a wealth of evidence to support that the more active you are, the happier and healthier you become. That doesn’t mean you have to run a marathon tomorrow, too. Small, incremental changes in your activity level can have huge benefits in a short period of time.

“That’s what this campaign is all about, making those changes now and reaping the rewards for the rest of the year. That is why we encourage as many of our colleagues as possible to register for Active Welfare 2023.”

This year, participants can sign up for the Around-the-World 28-day challenge, where they travel the world virtually across six continents, 70 countries and more than 90,000 kilometers in teams. Anyone can set up or join a team and compete against others from all over the country. Or just see how far they can travel in 28 days.

The campaign attracted 7,000 participants in 2022 and they have been sharing their positive experiences with CSSC ever since:

HM Revenue and Customs staff took part in last year’s campaign: “I was looking for something I could do before work to get me started. I pledged to do a pre-work exercise or mindfulness activity every workday with Active Wellbeing 2022. It got my ball rolling and in doing so, I discovered the classes available on my CSSC account to keep me motivated. I intend to continue these activities as I feel better physically and mentally.”

Participants of The The Center for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science found that the simplicity of the campaign inspired them to get active: “Since the start of the pandemic, I, like many people, have found it challenging to maintain an active lifestyle. I became more aware of the toll this was having on both my physical and mental health and knew I had to make a change, which is when the Active Wellbeing campaign came along.

“I signed up and made a simple promise to stick to a workout routine so I couldn’t make excuses. I quickly saw the difference it made for me, both physically and mentally. I am excited to continue this journey and would encourage everyone to add a little more activity to their days.”

HM Revenue and Customs colleagues found the campaign to be a great way to reach new year targets: “I saw Active Wellness in the CSSC newsletter and thought it seemed like a good way to actually fulfill my resolution to get more active for the new year! In January I started taking long walks when I had the time and even signed up for a 10K in August.

The UK Statistics Authority – Department of Health and Social Care found that incentives funded entirely by CSSC helped maintain activity levels throughout the year: “The pledge to be more active through the Active Wellbeing 2022 program was part of a series of lifestyle changes I made over a few months to become fitter and healthier. It’s a great initiative to hold people accountable for their goals while providing a nice incentive. I am delighted to have won one of the pledge awards that have helped me stay active not only in the year ahead, but beyond.”

Colleagues of the The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has been participating for a number of years: “As an employee of the Rijksdienst I have been participating in the Active Wellbeing Challenge for several years now, and I think it is a very good opportunity to join forces with my work team and encourage each other. Before 2022 I promised to start running again, so I committed to an exercise program and started my C25K again, motivated by Sarah Millican. I can also say that I kept my promise and can now run 5K without falling over!”

Every step taken, sport played or activity performed counts towards the team total, even making a cup of tea! Participants can sync a smart device to record and log each activity, or add it manually throughout the day by logging into the website. There are plenty of incentives to get involved, fully funded by CSSC, including smart fitness technology, sports kits, vouchers and funds for workplace activities. Better yet, everyone who signed up is guaranteed to receive a reward.

CSSC is here to support your active wellness journey, with plenty of tools and resources to suit your individual needs. From step-by-step guides, expert advice and new ideas to take you around the world, you’ll find a full list of resources available on the CSSC website.

CSSC is an exclusive, not-for-profit membership organization that inspires over 140,000 civil servants and public sector employees across the UK to discover new ways to be active and healthy through daily savings, get active offers and great days out. For more information about CSSC and how to apply, visit the Active Wellbeing website.

The UK Government’s Chief People Officer supports CSSC’s Active Wellbeing campaign

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