Staff from leading UK housing provider Sanctuary Group put their best feet forward recently and got active ‘clocking up the miles’ during Walk to Work Week.
Ran by the charity Living Streets, Walk to Work Week is a national annual event that encourages staff from organisations across the country to enjoy the health benefits of walking and reduce the impact of CO2 on the environment.
Over 10,000 people signed up to the initiative nationwide this year and logged details of their activity via an online portal where they could track the distance walked, calories burnt and the amount of CO2 saved. They could also compare their progress to other individuals and organisations taking part in the initiative.
A total of 62 Sanctuary employees took part in the week and collectively walked 559.26 miles, the equivalent of walking the distance from Lands End in Penzance to Glasgow in Scotland, burning off the calories of 155 muffins and saving 91.26kg of CO2.
The Group’s efforts contributed to a total of over 71,000 miles walked by people from across the country, the equivalent of walking 4.9 miles around the world, and Sanctuary came 19th in the table of miles walked out of 700 competing organisations.
Adi Riaz, HR assistant at Sanctuary’s head office in Worcester, was the top walker for the Group, totalling a massive 35.77 miles over the course of the week.
He said: "I really enjoyed taking part in Walk to Work Week and covered the distance just from walking to and from work, walking at lunch times and in the evenings.
“Walking is a great way to keep fit and I’d encourage everyone to be more active as the health benefits from doing this are great.”