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Taylor Patterson steps up to the Living Streets Walk to Work challenge

The employees from Taylor Patterson are swapping their usual commute for a cheaper and healthier option this Walk to Work Week and travelling all or some of their journey to work on foot.

Walk to Work Week (11-15 May) is an opportunity for employees across the UK to make walking part of their commute. Along with Walk to School Week (18 -22 May), Walk to Work Week forms a part of National Walking Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the health benefits of walking.

Walking for just half an hour each day can transform your fitness levels, reduce stress, and vastly improve your concentration levels for the day ahead. With stress being the biggest cause of work place absence, a walk to and from work or a lunchtime stroll can make all the difference to employee wellbeing.  Physically active employees are also less likely to suffer from major health problems, less likely to take sickness leave and less likely to have an accident at work.

Chris Bardin, Director at Taylor Patterson said:

“We place a lot of emphasis on a healthy lifestyle and support our employees in a number of ways, from installing showers and bike racks at work to promoting our own running club. We also have a number of ideas planned to boost participation during the Walk to Work Week including closing the car park to staff, which we hope will help everyone think about alternative ways of getting to work.”

Joe Irvin, Chief Executive of Living Streets said:

“Walk to Work Week 2015 is about demonstrating how easy it is to incorporate more steps into your working day. Living Streets wants employees and employers across the UK to discover the benefits of walking and how much better it can make us all feel.

“Whether it’s walking all or part of the journey to work, stepping out of the office for a lunchtime walk, or getting off the bus a few stops earlier on your way home, walking is a free and easy way to work more exercise into your daily routine.

If you want to find out more about the initiative click www.livingstreets.org.uk  or to register your company / workplace register at  www.walktoworkweek.org.uk.

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