Fitness program hopes to end sedentary behaviour

B.C. launch of UPnGO targeting 5,000 employees precedes potential rollout nationwide in 2017
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/02/2016

A new pilot program has launched in British Columbia to counterbalance sedentary behaviour and associated health risks in the workplace — and the platform could soon roll out across the whole of Canada.

The UPnGO program, developed by ParticipACTION, launched last month at five major companies in B.C. and involves step goals for employees. The $7.5-million project is funded in part by the Public Health Agency of Canada and B.C.’s Provincial Health Services Authority. 

“(It’s) a workplace wellness program that was designed to get Canadian employees to sit less and move more,” said Lisa Fender, program director at UPnGO with ParticipACTION in Toronto.