Challenge:

How might we create healthy communities within and beyond the workplace?

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Our daily lives – what we eat, how we travel, how we look after ourselves and especially our work – can have a profound effect on our own health and wellness, and that of the people around us. Together with Bupa and the International Diabetes Federation, we're asking our global community to help us explore how people can best be supported in the workplace to make positive changes to their health and wellness – and what skills and tools are needed to pass these positive changes onto their networks of co-workers, family and friends.

Setting the Stage

Everyday around the world, we wake up, get ready and go to work. In fact globally in 2011, people spent between 1,300 and 2,200 hours working! While work is an integral part of everyone’s lives, the toll that work can take on our health and wellness is profound.

Around the world diabetes and other chronic diseases, including obesity, heart disease and cancer, are on the rise – alongside rapid growth in levels of work-related stress and mental illness. In fact, according to the World Health Organisation, there are 36 million preventable deaths every year from these health problems – a devastating social impact for communities and a major financial burden for everyone.

While what we do for work, where we work and who we work with can have a lasting effect on our overall health and wellness, they are just a few important pieces of the overall puzzle. In what ways does our work life influence our personal and home lives as well? 

While our challenge focus starts in the workplace, we’re eager to explore the positive ripple effect that can be experienced when happy, healthy and supported employees go back to their own families and communities. How can we leverage the place and the concept of work to improve the health and wellness of everyone – starting with the individual and moving outward to their friends and family, their colleagues and beyond? How might we create workplaces and workforces that act as health hubs for entire communities?

With your help, we’re interested in creating solutions that enable people make healthier choices at work and in life. From raising awareness, inspiring behaviour change or leveraging our co-worker and community relationships to catalyse broader health and wellness impacts, we’re eager to explore solutions together.

To get started, check out our Guiding Principles for this challenge, then head over to our active challenge phases to join our collaborative efforts.

Want to spread the word about this challenge at your workplace? Here's a poster to print out, hang up and invite your colleagues to join us!


About Bupa

This challenge is sponsored by Bupa, a leading international healthcare group that provide care homes, hospitals and health insurance to over 11 million customers worldwide. As part of Bupa’s commitment to a Well World, they have set themselves a goal to enable 60 million people to make positive changes, to be healthier and happier and to help protect the environment by 2015.


About The International Diabetes Federation

This challenge is in partnership with The International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the unique global advocate for diabetes. IDF works to advance diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide. As a growing federation of over 200 member associations in more than 160 countries, IDF’s power lies in the capacity of its members to deliver care and prevention services on the ground, and its ability to connect global advocacy to local reality.


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Meena Kadri


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Workplace Wellness Brainstorm in a Box

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Workplace Wellness Challenge Poster

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I am happy to hear about this initiative. Many Americans spend more than half their lives in the office which can be an unhealthy environment from the sitting, to staring at a computer screen, to eating unhealthy and quick meals. Mostly, the stress makes people ill. I think that there is a lot of very necessary attention on American diets but not enough on stress in the workplace which can lead to more health problems than people realize. Stress can be alleviated through better management, teamwork, and happier more satisfied people in the office. I am glad that IDEO and Bupa is supporting a healthy work environment initiative.

If this initiative goes global, most people are laborers and especially agriculture laborers where the health problems are very different. There are techniques to teach people about how to farm with their current equipment but in ways that exhaust them less an are safer.

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