Wandelnet challenges working people in the Netherlands to walk during the working day

Wandelnet challenges working people in the Netherlands to walk during the working day
Wandelnet challenges working people in the Netherlands to walk during the working day
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Hoogeveen – The Netherlands is known as the European sitting champion. While getting some fresh air has such a positive impact on your health, creativity and productivity. That is why Wandelnet and the province of Drenthe are calling on working people in the Netherlands to participate in the eighth edition of Wandel During Your Workday on Thursday, April 4.

According to figures from research agency TNO, more than a quarter of the working population sits for more than 8.5 hours a day. With the Walking During Your Working Day campaign ‘Out of your head, into your legs’, Wandelnet and the province of Drenthe are drawing attention to the positive effects of walking on mental health. Ankie van Dijk, director of Wandelnet, emphasizes: ‘Walking is good for your brain, provides relaxation and clears your thoughts. I like to make time for a walk during the afternoon or between two complicated conversations. It helps me stay alert, sharp and creative.’

Out of your head, into your legs

This year the organizations have chosen to emphasize the positive effects of exercise on mental fitness. Research from Cigna International Health shows that employee complaints about mental health increased by 31% in 2022. Walking 30 minutes a day can reduce symptoms of depression by 36%.

On April 4, walking initiatives will be set up throughout the Netherlands to draw attention to the positive effects of walking during work. In addition, employees of organizations throughout the Netherlands will (partly) walk to and from work and go outside during their work for walking meetings and lunch walks. Wandelnet shares practical tips for integrating walking into your working day, such as holding meetings while walking, calling during a walk or walking (partially) to work.

Launch of Weeting Routes

Wandelnet and the province of Drenthe are organizing an inspiring meeting on April 4 to celebrate Walking During Your Working Day together. Deputy Willemien Meeuwissen (province of Drenthe), director Floor van Workum (Unigarant) and former editor-in-chief Claudia Straatmans share their experiences in promoting walking. In addition, the first results of the national survey will be presented, the new book ‘Work Walkers’ by Wim Huijser will be presented and two new knowing routes will be unveiled.

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