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Pressure at work is stopping almost three in five employees from regularly taking a lunch break away from the office, according to a survey.
The survey commissioned by the National Charity Partnership, a collaboration between Diabetes UK, us and Tesco, found that office workers mainly blame heavy workloads, workplace culture and stress for not getting away from their desks for a walk at lunchtime.
Despite more than nine in 10 employees reporting that being outside makes them feel healthier or more positive, more than half of workers who were questioned never leave their office for lunch. Almost one in four say they regularly work through their break.
The partnership is now calling on workers to reclaim their lunch break and get walking to improve their health.
Babs Evans, Head of Prevention for the National Charity Partnership, said: “When you’re under pressure at work it’s easy to forego a lunch break and instead grab a quick bite at your desk, but this isn’t healthy.
“Work-related stress puts a strain on your mental wellbeing and can have a knock-on effect on your physical health. People under too much pressure at work are more likely to eat unhealthily and stop being active: behaviours which are linked to a number of health conditions, including Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease. Both conditions are serious and affect millions of people in the UK, with millions more at risk. However, they are largely preventable and being active is an effective way to help reduce your risk.
“Even just a ten-minute break away from your desk to go for a walk and clear your head can help to make a big difference with stress relief, which in turn is good for your health.”