STEPPING OUT: Get walking and you could win.
STEPPING OUT: Get walking and you could win. Jupiterimages

Truckies to step it up

THE search is on to find the most active truckies.

A joint collaboration between the 10,000 Steps Workplace and the Queensland Government's Workplaces for Wellness Initiative is looking for the most physically active workplace in Queensland's transport industry.

The competition will pit participating workplaces against each other over a six-week challenge, during which transport workers will be urged to find opportunities to move more and to record the number of steps they take.

Creators of the challenge say there is little doubt that Queensland's transport industry contributes significantly to our lifestyle and economy - we all rely on our transport workers.

The nature of the work for many in the industry means limited physical activity and long periods of sitting, and these factors can have negative effects on a worker's health.

So the aim of this competition is to encourage transport workers to improve their health and wellbeing by increasing their levels of physical activity, and for workplaces to experience the safety, financial and cultural benefits of a healthier workforce.

The 10,000 Steps Workplace Challenge involves teams completing "virtual" walking journeys.

Some workplaces like to add some extra "healthy" competition to their challenge, pitting branch against branch or department against department.

The distance walked is tracked using a 10,000 Steps pedometer, the 10,000 Steps website and challenge map.

A good quality pedometer is the key to making sure your steps are accurately recorded - and this is the only outlay to compete in the challenge.

Participants will receive support at each stage and will have access to some great resources via the 10,000 Steps website.

The competition will be conducted over any six-week period between April 2-June 14 this year.

And it will be open to all Queensland workplaces within the transport industry, including but not limited to; road, rail, maritime and aviation transport.

Workers employed as part of the infrastructure and operational divisions as well as those who provide direct support to the transport industry are also encouraged to participate.

The winning workplace will not only receive bragging rights, but will be prominently featured in a high profile state-wide publication; on the 10,000 Steps website and social media platforms, and they will also receive a trophy for their efforts.

Next step

10,000 Steps Workplaces is a joint Australian, State and Territory Government initiative under the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health.

Visit to find out where to purchase pedometers and information on bulk order discounts or more information.

Phone 07 4930 6751 to find out more.

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