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Fit 4 Work

Mayo Sports Partnership is charged with increasing participation in sport and physical activity amongst all members of the population. A programme we have been involved in developing, ‘Fit4Work’, is targeted at the workplace. The modern workplace is an environment where Irish adults spend a significant amount of time inactive i.e. sitting at a desk, using computers.

The benefits of a physically active workforce include:

  • Less illness and quicker recovery time
  • Lower work absence
  • Lower staff turnover
  • More productive workforce
  • Fewer work injuries
  • Higher work satisfaction levels

In September 2009 Mayo Sports Partnership, Health Promotion Services, HSE West and GMIT Castlebar developed a pilot physical activity programme for staff in five workplaces in Castlebar.

The target group for the programme were five organisations who were members of the Mayo Sports Partnership Board – HSE, Mayo County Council, GMIT, Mayo VEC and Western Care. These five workplaces are also located close to each other in Castlebar town.

This project has been ongoing for the last number of years with tremendous success. On average 300 employees of the above workplaces participate in a weekly programme of activity which is co-ordinated by the organising committee every six weeks. Some of the activities include:

  • Yoga
  • HIIT Training
  • Zumba
  • Couch to 5K
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