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Greencap Makes a Move for Staff Well-Being - Stepathlon
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Greencap Makes a Move for Staff Well-Being

19 June 2019

120 Greencap team members recently signed up to participate in the 50-day wellness challenge, Stepathlon, that promotes fitness and well-being.

Throughout the program, participants strove to reach the 10,000 steps per day goal through walking, running and step conversions of other activities such as cycling, weights, yoga, boxing and more.

 

Focussing on Physical & Mental Well-Being

The Stepathlon program is unique in that it also contains a research component that provides insight into pre and post-event health and well-being of participants, as well as contributing to academia concerning mental health in the workplace. Driven by lead researcher Professor Maximilian de Courten of Victoria University, the resulting research demonstrates clear links between physical activity and better mental health, as well as improvements in cardiovascular health, diabetes risk, sleep, general well-being, and more.

Besides being an enjoyable competitive initiative for Greencap, the following results were achieved by participants: 

  • A 14.3% improvement in mental health
  • Improvements in Anxiety (12.5%), depression/low mood (8.5%) and stress (18.6%)
  • General well-being and mental well-being improvements of 2.9% and 2% respectively

 

Moving With Purpose

Greencap aligned the participation in the fitness challenge with an initiative to raise funds and awareness for the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF). The initiative saw the continuation of a partnership that has raised over $5,600 for the delivery of literacy programs to Indigenous communities across the nation.

To support the connection to the ALNF, celebrated keynote speaker and performer Jeremy Donovan was invited to the Sydney office to share his story, musical talents and how Greencap's fundraising is contributing to the ALNF and helping them to provide the freedom of literacy to Indigenous learners, and enable lifelong learning in their communities.

To learn more and support the ALNF, visit https://wallofhands.com.au/greencap