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Corporate Wellness Leaders Triple Celebration

Posted by Joel Campbell on: June 13th, 2012

Step Success had a triple celebration this week, on Tuesday 1st May the Step Success community cruised past 200 million steps – an impressive achievement by all users!  The second course for celebration has been our recent achievements in improving the health of hundreds of employees, and finally we have been nominated for a Flame award for ‘Spark of Innovation’.

As one of the industry leaders in corporate health and wellness throughout the UK and Europe we have a responsibility to conduct research and share our findings with organisations to help and support them with improving the health of employees. As a wellness company delivering programmes to a wide range of individuals we are always looking at different interventions that can be introduced to engage and deliver the best results to employees and employers.

 

The vast majority of UK companies look to introduce employee wellness programmes and strategies to reduce absenteeism and demonstrate a return on investment. However over the past few months we have seen a rise in organisations wanting to embed a strong wellness culture and improve employee’s health because they feel it’s their duty as a good employer. The cost saving from reducing absenteeism is seen as a secondary reason to run the programme.  Step Success has started to see this culture shift and has adjusted our programmes and interventions accordingly. Our most recent programme release has been built around employees having fun, communicating and challenging each other on a daily basis.

 

Identifying new trends and regularly creating new health and wellness programmes has seen Step Success rise to become one of the industry’s leading wellness providers. Over the past few months we have been developing a new health programme, which will be brought to market within the coming months, demonstrating a new revolutionary way to wellness. Our newest programme is expected to change the way wellness is delivered not just in the employee market but also in schools, health clubs and for individuals.

 

Our current health programmes and interventions have always provided strong results and record breaking engagement levels, but recently we have seen engagement levels jump from 77% to 84% while maintaining our 43% increase in daily activity levels. This has been due to a combination of factors including the strength of our programmes, employers motivation to deliver employee health benefits first and reduction in absenteeism second and our partnership with one of the world’s leading technology companies, who have just won a major award for the best ‘computer linked activity tracking device’.

For further information on wellness programmes and interventions and to register your interest for our newest programme please contact us on the details below.

 

Contact us,

Website: www.stepsuccess.com

Email: start@stepsuccess.com

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Phone: 01749 343150

Is Corporate Wellness NEAT?

Posted by Joel Campbell on: June 13th, 2012

Step Success has been doing a lot of research recently into the positive effects of exercise and increasing activity levels. We already know that majority of people spend on average 40% of their waking hours at work, where it’s hard to either exercise due to lack of facilities or take time away from the desk and phone for a short walk.

 

The end result is you work hard at your desk all day, then dash down to the gym each evening for a good half-hour workout. But are you really doing enough to keep your body fit?

 

According to recent studies, even regular vigorous gym sessions can’t counter the negative effects of staying in your seat and sedentary while at work.

In fact, the best way to peak fitness is to keep moving from nine to five.

 

*Dr James Levine, from America’s world-renowned Mayo Clinic, is the man behind this theory. He says lengthy periods of sitting can cancel out the health benefits of regular exercise. In fact some simple everyday activities such as parking a little further from the office and walking the extra distance, standing while making phone calls or taking ten minutes in every hour to stretch your legs can make a huge difference to your physical well-being.

 

That’s because such movement increases something called “non-exercise activity thermogenesis”, or ‘NEAT’.

NEAT is the term that is used for the energy that is expended (calories burned) doing everyday activities.

 

The average Briton can sit down for 12 to 14 hours a day taking into account the trip to and from work, dropping the children off, sat behind a desk all day, then home for dinner and your favourite TV programme.

Ask yourself how much time did I actual spend stood up today?

 

The result of too much sitting can be catastrophic

*Australian researchers who tracked nearly 9,000 men and women for six years found that every hour of daily TV viewing increased risk of death due to cardiovascular disease by 18 per cent.

Those who sat and watched television for four or more hours daily had an 80 per cent higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease than those who watched fewer than two hours.

 

*Research also reported that prolonged sitting increased health risks even among people who were physically fit and of a normal body weight. Sitting causes muscles to weaken, stiffens joints and causes fat-burning enzymes to slow their activity by as much as 50 per cent.

 

What’s the solution?

 

The answer should be simple, increase activity and movement throughout the day, but is it really that simple? Do I have the time? How do I increase my activity? Where do I start? Can I stay motivated by myself?

At Step Success we have created activity and wellness programmes, strategies and interventions to do exactly that, increase your daily activity. We deliver the programmes during your working day without disrupting your day or routine, showing you how to increase activity levels, help you to sustain the changes and support you every step of the way to make sure you stay motivated and on track.

 

Some NEAT ideas include:

 

At Home

  • When watching TV, stand up and walk around when the adverts come on
  • Sit on a stability ball instead of slumping on the sofa – it will give your core muscles a workout
  • Better yet, watch television while working out on a treadmill or exercise bike
  • Catching up with friends and family? Buy a coffee to take away and go for a walk around the area while you chat

 

At Work

  • Stand up when you answer the phone and ideally pace for the duration of the call
  • Meeting with just one or two colleagues? Talk and walk instead of staying seated around a desk
  • Don’t call or email co-workers – get up and walk to their desk
  • Whenever you’re working at a computer, get up for a few minutes every hour to stretch your back and legs
  • Take the stairs, not the lift
  • Park your car a distance (half a mile, for example) from your office
  • If you take the bus or Tube, get off one or two stops before your destination
  • Use half an hour of your lunch break for a stroll

 

The truth is that our sedentary lifestyle has stopped us from burning off as much as 1,500 to 2,400 calories a day – not including the time we spend engaged in formal exercise such as jogging, gym-going or swimming.

 

 

*Resource – Dr James Levine, from America’s world-renowned Mayo Clinic

Step Success Celebrates 100,000,000 Steps

Posted by Joel Campbell on: February 9th, 2012

Step Success celebrates a milestone today with our users having taken over 100 million steps in just six months – an impressive achievement!  Averaging more than half a million steps each day Step Success looks to be the bright light at the end of the obesity tunnel.

Unfortunately the problem is much greater than most people realise, with almost half of male adults and a third of female adults in the UK being overweight. Although this is a shocking statistic in itself,  when you consider that 31% of children aged 2-11 are classified as overweight or obese with this figure climbing to almost 80% of men and 70% of woman between the ages of 55 to 64, things start to get really scary – and it’s a problem that isn’t going to go away.

In fact, over the past forty years obesity rates have trebled, with the number of people diagnosed with diabetes doubling and the incidence of heart disease having increased by a massive 25%. Even more worryingly, things look set to get worse.


Step Success has been working hard to deliver a ‘revolutionary way to improve wellness’ and we are committed to supporting, educating and motivating businesses, schools, colleges and individuals to live healthier and more active lives.

Over the past six months we have being working with a wide range of clients, from local councils to primary schools and universities, from independent gyms to sports teams and from Lotus Renault F1  race team to Network Rail, where we design, implement and manage employee wellness programmes  delivering savings of up to £3.9 million per year.

Step Success wants to encourage more businesses to help their employees take control of their health. We have developed comprehensive corporate wellness programmes and educational wellness programmes that fit easily into daily life. All our programmes are fun, educational, motivational and use the latest activity-tracking technology while promising to deliver a saving through reduced absenteeism and increased productivity.

There are so many benefits from improving your health, including: lowering body weight, reducing obesity, increasing energy levels, reducing sickness, reducing stress and lowering the risk of getting diabetes or heart disease.

You can join the revolution now by downloading this blog and sending it to your boss or alternatively, just send them the link.

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Educational Wellness Programme – The Case Study

Posted by Joel Campbell on: February 9th, 2012

In October 2011 Step Success were commissioned to deliver an educational wellness programme to students at a primary school in Hertfordshire. Working with Hertsmere Leisure, Step Success delivered a six-week  activity and wellness programme to thirty 10- and 11-year-olds.

The main aim of the programme was to increase the activity levels of students over the six weeks.

Other programme aims included:

  • Building an activity engagement programme for the children in Year 6.
  • Setting up a group on the Step Success application and training teaching staff to use and administer it from a local level.
  • Setting up and planning the programme launch in conjunction with the teachers and support staff.
  • Capturing seven days of baseline activity data for each child.
  • Supporting, educating and motivating students to be more active.
  • Merging the Activity and Wellness programme with the school curriculum.
  • Providing accurate activity data showing the improvement in children’s activity levels as a direct result of using Step Success programmes.

The first step for us was to establish a baseline of activity for each student, followed by embedding the wellness programme into the students’ daily lives, educating them on health, activity, exercise and how to make small changes to daily routines to increase overall activity levels.

As with all our programmes, we used our custom-build application to create an activity group for the students, each being given an individual account which they could access from school or home. Each student was also issued with one of our activity tracking devices, the ActiPed+. This is an all-day activity monitor that tracks steps, distance, calories burned and activity time. It automatically offloads this data to the Step Success website where individuals can track and share progress, challenge themselves and others, and set goals.

After the baseline data had been collected Step Success returned to the school and delivered a presentation to the students, showing them the online application, their individual accounts and all the activity data collected so far. The students were shown how to download activity data from their ActiPed+ and how the application worked. Step Success then revealed to the class that the programme would be integrated with their current term project, which was all about Gambia. Students were then told that they would be trying to walk from their school in Hertfordshire to Gambia, a total distance of 2,760 miles. This would mean each student needed to cover an average of 2.1 miles per day.  The baseline data showed each student had covered an average of 2.12 miles per day, making the goal challenging but achievable.

Each student was set up with a personal challenge to collect over 5,000 steps per day, which equates to 2.1 – 2.5 miles per day depending on the type of exercise. They were able to build and customise their own profile page, with each page then being displayed on a group leader board where students could view each other’s results. This helped to drive healthy competition and increase activity levels.

During the next five weeks Step Success visited the school three times to speak with the students, launch new challenges, update them on their progress and answer any questions which had arisen. Each time Step Success visited the school the students’ activity levels increased as a result of launching new challenges and releasing new elements of the application.

All thirty students engaged with the programme; some were more active than others, which was recognised early in the programme. Having identified the less active students Step Success put extra measures in place to help them increase their activity levels. Some of the parents also got involved by helping their children take part in more activity or encouraging them to go for a walk instead of playing on the computer or watching television.

At the end of the programme Step Success delivered an awards ceremony where each student was presented with a certificate showing their individual activity results including Steps Taken, Calories Burnt, Distance Covered and Activity Time. Certificates were also given to the three teachers who took part in the programme (teachers’ data was not included in the final results). The awards ceremony was held during an assembly where the whole school were able to see the presentations. Step Success then revealed the total distance travelled by the class and whether they had reached Gambia or not.

Key outcomes from the six-week programme included

  • 77% of students became more active over the life of the programme.
  • On average each student increased their daily step total by 1,300 steps, an increase of 24%
  • On average each student increased their daily active time by 17 minutes, an increase of 19%
  • On average each student increased their daily distance covered by over 1/2 mile, an increase of 22%
  • During the programme there were two in-service days; on these the student activity levels dropped by 85%, thus showing students are more active during school days.
  • The group results for the programme were
      • 5,694,356 Steps taken
      • 267,874 Calories burnt
      • 2,962 Miles covered
      • 1,635 Hours 26 Minutes Active time

During the relatively short life of the programme Step Success was able to educate the students, enabling them to identify why exercise is important and how they could increase this a little each day. Students also learnt to pay more attention to the calories they consumed and, perhaps more importantly, how they could burn off those calories.

The programme delivered some fantastic results and has produced accurate real-time activity data which demonstrates the benefits of educational wellness programmes for students, teachers, parents and the NHS.

 


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