The Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) challenges each member of workplace teams of seven to walk 10,000 steps a day, for four months, to increase personal physical fitness. Each team member enters their steps via a website and it is mapped as though the team was walking round the world. Several thousand teams enter and a certain degree of competition can develop between teams.
The Faculty and Society of Occupational Medicine have both entered a team in recent years, due to the generous sponsorship of Nestle. Last year the FOM team (FOMidables) beat the SOM Striders hands down, because our team had three super-fit members. This year, rather than trying to win the competition with SOM, I would like to encourage those of you who don’t usually exercise much to take part.
I have been lucky enough to take part in a team for the last three years. I can assure you that it is very satisfying. You are provided with a pedometer, a light backpack and access to a website where you record your daily steps. I have found each year that the target of a minimum of 10,000 steps a day has helped me make exercise a part of my daily routine. I have succeeded in keeping it going to a certain extent for the rest of the year.
I am glad that I have the chance to do the full summer GCC challenge again this year and am looking for six unfit fellow members who would enjoy the opportunity to do more walking each day for four months. If you think this might be for you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with ONE paragraph about why you would like to do it, by 9 00 am on Wednesday 9 May. If a selection has to be made it will be on the basis of who makes the best case for participating.
More information about the challenge is given on the GCC website: http://www.gettheworldmoving.com/.
Dr David C Batman, one of our Fellows, is Director of Research for the Foundation for Chronic Disease Prevention in the workplace and he arranged for Lancaster University’s Centre for Organisational Health and Wellbeing to evaluate outcome measures for GCC for 2011. Their results, in full and in summary, are on our website.
I look forward to hearing from you!