Get Up Offa That Thing
Announcing the winners of “Get Up Offa That Thing”
On 28 April, the feelgood and well-being team launched their ‘Get Up Offa That Thing’ challenge as part of a national campaign from ‘On Your Feet Britain’.
The step challenge encouraged staff to increase exercise and to sit less. Teams looked at increasing their daily activity during their working day by having standing meetings, going for lunchtime walks and increasing their daily step count. The winning team would be the team that recorded the biggest increase in their number of steps over the six week period.
Congratulations to the “IT Barmy Army”
The ‘IT Barmy Army’ team won the challenge, increasing their weekly steps by a staggering 70%.
Michelle Willis, team captain of the IT Barmy Army team, said:
“We really didn’t expect to win it. As an IT team we are sat down most of the time - we started the first week as our normal activity.
"The challenge made our team more aware of their sedentary behaviours, and some of us realised we hadn’t been walking enough. It was a real concerted effort to increase activity, walking up The Wrekin, playing badminton, and going for lunchtime walks instead of having lunch in the canteen.
"Having the motivation to start the day with an early morning activity, a little bit of healthy competition, along with the benefits of realising that just small changes in your day to day routine can help improve your fitness, were all tips the winning team were able to share - the more exercise you do the more you want to do.”
Pictured from left to right: Mike Howard, Tom Rogers, Mira Maoudis and Michelle Willis. And the two that couldn't make the photoshoot are Jennie O’Brien and Paul Briscoe.
A total of 14 teams took part, including over 70 members of staff. Incredibly, over four million steps were completed, which equates to over 1,900 miles.
The feelgood team would like to thank all staff who participated; the challenge really raised awareness of how people can increase their activity in simple ways to reduce sedentary behaviour.
Due to the interest and the success of ‘Get Up Offa That Thing’, we will be looking to hold a further challenge in the coming months, so keep an eye out for posters and on the Intranet for further information.
Well done to the IT Barmy Army team!