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Walk To Work

Why Walk To Work?

More and more employees choose walking as another form of their commute to work because of the many benefits it offers.  Here are some of the benefits of walking:

FINANCIAL

  • Costs nothing and can be done almost anywhere
  • Helps save on car expenses (maintenance, insurance, gas, etc.)
  • Helps save on gym membership fees or specialized equipment costs

ENVIRONMENTAL

  • Makes our communities more safe and vibrant 
  • Less air pollution means better air quality

HEALTH

  • For every kilometre you walk instead of driving, you reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 248 grams (Source: Transport Canada).
  • Helps prolong a person's life span and overall quality of life.  
  • Increases the blood flow to release endrophines, making one feel good.  
  • Decreases blood pressure and lowers cholesterol 
  • Helps a person to lose weight and stay fit. 
  • Can be done by most people at any level. 
  • Risk of injury is very low as it has very minimal impact on the body including feet and joints. 

How To Naturally Incorporate Walking Into Your Routine?

Some employees who drive choose to park their car and take public transit and walk.  Some just take public transit and walk.  Those who live close enough walk everyday to work.  This shows that you can incorporate walking in your daily commute easily. 

Here are some ideas but always keep in mind safety issues first.

  • If you take public transit and you are close to the boundary of the next transit zone, you can walk to its nearest bus or train stop to save on fare.  In BC lower mainland, add fare costs between $1.25 and $2.75 each way.  Do this when going back home.  Get off at a stop before the next zone. 
  • Bring in fun to meetings.  Walking meeting is casual and more fun.  When on a conference call, consider walking. 
  • Walk to your colleague instead of sending an email. 
  • Use the stairs whenever possible. 
  • Walk around the block during lunch break.  
  • Better yet, entice your colleagues to start a walking group and start walking! 

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The Lower Mainland Integrated Protection Services is responsible for the implementation of various commuter services programs/initiatives throughout the Lower Mainland. Please click on the following intranet links for more information.

 

Fraser Health employees and affiliates
Providence Health Care employees and affiliates
Provincial Health Services Authority employees and affiliates
Vancouver Coastal Health employees and affiliates

 

We’re looking at other areas where we can improve.  Do you have any suggestions?  Please let us know viaCommuterServices@fraserhealth.ca.