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!
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.
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.