Stepping up to the challenge

29 January, 2013

Imperial Tobacco employees will test their fitness levels in a contest to encourage improved health and wellbeing.

Around 16 teams from our operations in the UK, France, Spain, Poland and Australia have signed up for the 2013 Global Corporate Challenge.

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Evidence shows that, as well as helping to keep fit, exercise reduces stress and improves productivity.

During the six month challenge, which starts in May, each participant carries a pedometer to measure their daily exercise rates.

Almost 50 people from our Nottingham site took part in a similar event last year and clocked up the equivalent of more than 87 million steps.

David Barber, Occupational Health Adviser in the UK, said: “This challenge proved such a success that we invited others to join in this time.

“People are often surprised at how much exercise they get in a working day. The aim is to encourage them to do more, such as using the stairs instead of the lift.”

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