Physical activity at work

About one-third of all cancers can be prevented by eating well, being active and maintaining a healthy body weight. Regular physical activity benefits the body in many ways and helps protect against chronic disease, including cancer. Work environment, operating practices and workplace culture are all important factors in helping employees stay active. If you drive to work, sit at a desk all day, and use all the conveniences of modern life, you probably need to move more throughout the day. It is important to reduce sitting time and encourage employees to move throughout the day by taking mini breaks, exercising at lunch, or going on a walking meeting.


Do you want to provide information on physical activity to employees? The Educate module will supply you with information to share with employees through newsletters, posters, or other internal communications. Topics include fact sheets and tips on promoting physical activity at work, health benefits, being active at work, stretching and more.




Providing opportunities that encourage employees to be physically active helps them go from education to action. Create a healthy workplace by building in activities that encourage movement, such as a workplace fitness challenge or a walking group.

Download the following materials to help you get ideas or plan these activities:




Supporting physical activity in the workplace is important. One way to create a supportive environment is through the use of organizational policies that support employees in making healthy living choices. The Support module has tips on how to develop a physical activity policy, view a sample policy, and access other ideas on how to support physical activity in the workplace.

Download “Support” Resources 

Download “Policy” Resources