Roche Diabetes Care UK

LIVINGLIVING

T

he idea behind the initiative

is to get more people in

the UK to be active while

at work and to spend

less time sitting down.

The event, being run in association with

www.activeworking.com, has more

than 2,000 companies involved and two

million workers are expected to take part.

The challenge dares you to take

James Brown at his word to get up offa

that thing, and convert 'sitting time' to

'standing time'. Some of the ways you

can do this are to:

• Stand during phone calls

• Stand and take a break from your

computer every 30 minutes

• Use the stairs

• Have standing or walking meetings

• Eat your lunch away from your desk

• Walk to your colleague's desk

instead of phoning or emailing them

• Stand at the back of the room during

presentations

Teaming up with colleagues on the

day to reduce your sitting time sign up

at www.onyourfeetday.com It's free

to sign up to receive the passcode to

download all posters and guidelines.

GET READY TO

WIGGL E IT

Get ready to take part in the national

On Your Feet Day, when workers across

UK will unite together and participate in

a variety of fun and simple activities to

#SitLess and #MoveMore at work on 26

April 2019.

Be Upstanding

This is not just something that's happening

to other people, it's happening within our

healthcare sector.

Karen Maxwell, the Safety, Health

and Environment Officer for Roche

Diabetes Care UK & Ireland Ltd has been

in charge of overseeing the adoption of

some sit-stand desks in the firm's offices.

She says, "We know that it's good for

people to move around and there's lots

of evidence against sedentary lifestyles.

sit-stand desks, and breakout spaces

around our site allow for this without

losing productivity. Roche Diabetes Care

understands the role that lifestyle plays in

health and wellbeing and so it is important

to us to provide a comfortable workplace

for our team."

Roche Diabetes Care's staff had been

asking for this approach and the evidence

is starting to stack up as to the benefits

after the whole site was upgraded within

a short time frame. Maxwell adds, "The

response from the staff has been very

positive, everyone is pleased to have the

option, even if they don't exercise it."

Globally, Roche has many initiatives

under its 'LiveWell' banner, which has

been set up to provide information and

healthy choices for colleagues. Says

Maxwell, "At our UK site, everyone has

access to a sit-stand desk, with regular

guest speaker events on topics such as

mindfulness, and healthy options held in

our canteen."

Meanwhile, over at Dexcom UK, sitstand desks have also been adopted.

Speaking for the company Karen Baxter,

Country Director, UK, Ireland & Belgium,

says, "I felt the sit-stand desks were a

vital part of how we make our working

environment better for our office team.

Most of the team now use this facility

every day and change-up their position

depending on the type of work they are

doing, or depending on their mood. I also

knew from a study of participants that use

Dexcom CGM that had shown standingbased office

work reduced glucose

excursions after meals. As far as we are

concerned, the sit-stand desks have been

a great success."

www.onyourfeetday.com

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