AXA PPP healthcare partners with ukactive to get workplaces moving this National Fitness Day

30 August 2017

  • Wednesday 27 September is the UK’s seventh National Fitness Day to encourage more people to be more active more often.
  • With employees racking up an average of nine hours sitting-time a day, employers have a key role to play in enabling and supporting an active workforce.
  • AXA PPP healthcare is urging employers at organisations of all sizes to help their employees get National Fitness Day off to a Flying Start by pushing back the working day by one hour, enabling them to do something active. Download a toolkit of materials here.

AXA PPP healthcare is partnering with ukactive, a not-for-profit body committed to improving the health of the UK, as workplace sponsor of National Fitness Day.

Wednesday 27 September will see over a million people of all ages and abilities celebrate the fun of fitness and physical activity at 20,000 free events in leisure centres, parks, high streets and schools across the UK. And, with previous research by AXA PPP healthcare revealing that workers in Britain who use a chair during some or most of their working day rack up an average of nine hours sitting-time a day – tantamount to a UK flight to the Caribbean – employers have a key role to play in getting the nation moving.

It’s no secret that excessive sitting has been linked to health risks including obesity, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. What’s more, musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain and neck and upper limb problems – often associated with sedentary office-based desk jobs – accounted for 30.8million working days lost in 2016. However, studies suggest 60 to 75 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per day can eliminate the increased risk of early death associated with sitting for long periods.

That’s why AXA PPP healthcare is urging employers from businesses of all sizes to help their employees get National Fitness Day off to a Flying Start by pushing back the working day by one hour to enable them to do something active.

“We’re thrilled to be the workplace sponsor of National Fitness Day. Busy work schedules and family commitments can mean it’s hard to make time to exercise. But the health benefits of being physically active can pay dividends, such as lowering levels of stress and boosting energy, for employees and employers alike. Through Flying Start, employers can show their commitment to supporting an active workforce and we’re delighted that many organisations have already signed up to take part.” [Chris Horlick, Distribution Director, AXA PPP healthcare]

“National Fitness Day is all about highlighting the simple steps people can take to become more physically active in ways they enjoy. Physical inactivity is the asbestos of the 21st Century, wreaking havoc in the workplace – harming bottom lines through ill health, low productivity and high absenteeism. It's storing up a vast number of lifestyle related diseases for employees later in life. That’s why we’re delighted that AXA PPP healthcare is the workplace sponsor for National Fitness Day, helping to highlight the benefits of a more active workforce and encouraging employers to make regular movement a staple part of the working day.” [Steven, Ward, CEO of ukactive]

Whether it’s a static bike challenge bringing together employees at different offices, having a more active commute by walking part or all of the way, or joining a yoga class at the local gym, there are lots of ways for employers to get their teams involved.

Find out more about how to get your team off to a Flying Start and sign up to take part at, and join the conversation using #MyFlyingStart.


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Ben Faulkner/John DuBois AXA PPP healthcare press office 01892 612822

About AXA PPP healthcare

AXA PPP healthcare – one of the largest and most experienced private medical insurance providers in the UK – has been helping people to access healthcare services since 1940. Today it forms the UK healthcare arm of AXA and provides cover for medical and dental care for individuals and employers, and employee wellbeing, counselling, occupational health and rehabilitation services through its specialist Health Services division.        AXA PPP healthcare has been named the Best Healthcare Provider for three years running in the Your Money Awards and, in June 2015, was awarded the prestigious accolade of European Large Contact Centre of the Year at the 2015 European Contact Centre & Customer Service Awards, followed in September 2015 by the Best Customer Experience accolade in the Large Contact Centre category of the UK Customer Experience Awards 2015.

About AXA

The AXA Group is a worldwide leader in insurance and asset management, with 166,000 employees serving 107 million clients in 64 countries. In 2016, IFRS revenues amounted to Euro 100.2 billion and IFRS underlying earnings to Euro 5.7 billion. AXA had Euro 1,429 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2016. In 2016 Interbrand ranked AXA the 1st insurance brand worldwide for the 8th consecutive year.

In the UK AXA operates through a number of business units including: AXA Insurance, AXA PPP healthcare and AXA Ireland. AXA employs over 10,000 staff in the UK. The AXA ordinary share is listed on compartment A of Euronext Paris under the ticker symbol CS (ISN FR 0000120628 – Bloomberg: CS FP – Reuters: AXAF.PA). AXA’s American Depository Share is also quoted on the OTC QX platform under the ticker symbol AXAHY. 

The AXA Group is included in the main international SRI indexes, such as Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and FTSE4GOOD.

It is a founding member of the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Principles for Sustainable Insurance and a signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment.