Workplace Active Certification
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Workplace Active Certification: the project
A certification process aimed at companies to promote physical activity initiatives.
Research, policies and activities show the need to recognise good practices.
The project runs for two years
from January 2020 until December 2022.
Most of the time, Sport and HEPA are promoted by Sport associations, (whose first interest remains on the sportive/competitive aspects), or by Health institutes. The innovative aspects of the proposal lie in the choice of a specific channel to tackle the inactivity in the EU: the Company. Indeed, the Company, as the context and venue for enrolling employees into physical activities is particularly fit to apply EU tools for several reasons
In most European countries, there are solutions/tools/reference documents/standards/programs to improve the quality of work life (either from a safety perspective, social conditions, physical and mental health and well-being, sports and recreation, social responsibilities, etc.). This is done both at national and regional level in the context of public health policies, but also within the private business sector itself through networks, umbrella associations, etc. As a result, the development of a new certification system in the field of physical activity (but ultimately health and well-being) should be able to act as a “unifying” tool, complementary to what already exists. And what is better than EU to engage and unify good national practices?
Why launch a European Active Workplace Certification
The WAC project, for Workplace Active Certification, is a two-year project which follows the path of a previous Erasmus+ Project, EMoCS – European Meeting of Company Sport. The EMoCS project showed the need for a unique certification for companies to promote their initiatives towards wellbeing, wellness, health with regards to physical activity.
Local and European Policy makers are dedicated to promote healthier and better lifestyles to tackle the unaxectably high level of sedentarity in Europe. The approach behind WAC, to trigger the workplace, comes as an accelaterator in the promotion of health-enhancing activities.