App fostering workplace activity launches in B.C., but rolls nation wide by fall

By on April 5, 2016

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VANCOUVER – A program to get workers up and moving while on the job is rolling out in British Columbia, and it will be stretching the legs of employees across Canada by fall.

UPnGO with ParticipACTION was launched Monday by federal Health Minister Jane Philpott and her B.C. counterpart Terry Lake.

It uses a digital platform and app to set weekly challenges and personalized goals, and employees who complete the activities receive points redeemable online for healthy products.

Funding includes $2.5 million over three years from the Public Health Agency of Canada while B.C.’s Provincial Health Services Authority will allocate $3.8 million over the same period.

Studies show benefits of workplace physical activity include increased productivity, creativity and job performance.

A ParticipACTION survey finds 48 per cent of British Columbians worry they spend too much time sitting at work.