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Mean Occupation Related METs

WE ARE LESS & LESS ACTIVE AT WORK 3 7.0

SCHOOLS

Watching television Writing, Typing Jogging Occupation METs

2.55

2.55

1.8 1.0

2.30

MET’s: measures the intensity of physical activity

1960

WORKPLACE

2010

It is imperative that health is integrated into every aspect of our daily lives — not just to benefit individuals’ health and wellbeing, but also to reduce the health care and economic burdens of an unhealthy workforce. In Sustainia, workplaces take on this role as active drivers of health. They aren’t just concerned with not causing harm — they are actively empowering you to be healthy. Office buildings encourage physical activity by promoting the use of stairs, delicious healthy food is offered, and you are encouraged to cycle to and from work. The World Health Organization calls this approach the “health-promoting workplace,” and stresses that it will be a prerequisite for sustainable and economic development.

FOOD

Before, health may have been considered the responsibility (or problem) of the individual and the health care system, but in the prevention of rapidly-rising conditions largely caused by sedentary conditions and poor diet, such as non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and obesity, the workplace is becoming a leading driver of a health transformation worldwide. In the 2011 Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases, unanimously adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, it was emphasized that the private sector must be engaged and that “their role is critical in population-wide behavioral interventions.” 4

CITIES

The workplace directly influences the physical, mental, economic, and social well-being of workers and in turn the health of their families, communities and society. It offers an ideal setting and infrastructure to support the promotion of health of a large audience.

HEALTH CARE

– WHO 5

3

Ibid.

UN General Assembly. ‘Prevention and control of non-communicable diseases’. Report of the Secretary-General. May 2011. Online: www.un.org/ga

4

workplace

PEOPLE POWERED HEALTH

WHO. ‘Workplace health promotion’. 2014. Online: www.who.int 5

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