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Activ8 your Workplace

The Secretary’s wellbeing challenge, Activ8 your Workplace, is an initiative involving corporate staff taking part in the Race Around Australia (RAA), and other initiatives from the School Sport Unit, NSW Premier's Sporting Challenge (PSC), and other department areas.


What is Activ8 your Workplace?

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Activ8 your Workplace provides an opportunity for corporate staff to become more active and focus on their wellbeing over an 8-week period during Term 3.

The main activity involves participation in Race Around Australia, a virtual physical activity challenge where teams of colleagues, led by workplace champions, virtually race around Australia. Other activities and webinars will also be offered to re-familiarise participants with the existing departmental support and services that are available.

The main goal of Activ8 your Workplace is to recognise the benefits that can be achieved by focusing on personal health and wellbeing and to have 'more people more active, more often'.  Staff can be involved no matter where their workplace is located – whether it be at home, or in an office. 

What are the benefits of being active?

There are many benefits to being active, especially in the workplace. Physically active employees have lower absentee rates, improved productivity, reduced stress and better mental health. There is also strong evidence that shows when staff are role models for physical activity and commit to good health practices, this can have a positive impact on student physical activity levels and wellbeing.


When does it start?

In 2021, corporate staff are invited to participate in Activ8 your Workplace, taking place over 8 weeks in Term 3, from Monday 2 August to Sunday 26 September. 

How do I register in the Race Around Australia website?

Go to our registration page to read instructions on how to be 'Manage your team', or 'Join your team as a participant'.

How do I Race Around Australia? 

Read more about how to track and enter your activity.  


What can I do to 'Activ8 my Workplace'?

Workplace champions and team participants can get their workplace more active by:

  • NEW - Download, edit and send a RAA Staff Achievement certificate (PDF 216KB) to your team members at any time during the challenge.
  • Encouraging staff to join in the 10@10 - this is a 10 minute exercise (HITT - High-intensity session) at 10am every weekday, hosted by the PSC Team through Zoom.
  • Encouraging staff to join the Wellbeing Wednesday session at 2:15pm every Wednesday in Term 3. These 20 minute movement sessions are designed to increase flexibility, mobility and strength through a series of exercises which require just your own body weight, a mat and/or towel.
  • Encouraging walking meetings where possible.
  • Encouraging staff to be have active breaks from their work.
  • Organising a workplace walking group.
  • Organsing a lunchtime sporting competition.
  • Encouraging staff to walk or ride to work.
  • Creating a staff team for your local parkrun.
  • Creating a weekly workplace challenge.
  • Encourage staff to look at the resources and information in the department's:
    • Being Well initiative, which supports all staff and is the place to come when you are reflecting on your own or a colleague's wellbeing.
      • This includes the Weekly Wellness posts, which provides support, resources and initiatives to encourage you, your family and colleagues to consistently look after your wellbeing and stay InControl, InShape and Involved.
    • Living Well initiative, which gives you access to a range of initiatives to improve your health and provides you with the tools to make small but important lifestyle changes to ensure you live well.

 

  

Last updated: 6 September 2021