Walking works

May has begun, which means so has National Walking Month – an annual celebration of walking run by UK charity Living Streets. The campaign is a great opportunity for us all to think about how we can walk more, be it at work or around our neighbourhood.

From saving money, boosting fitness and getting a dose of fresh air – the positive effects of walking on health and wellbeing are significant. Helping us connect to our surroundings, improving energy levels and increasing productivity – it’s no wonder walking feels good. If you’d like to find out more about the health benefits of walking, visit NHS live-well (you’ll also find a range of resources to help you walk more including a free walk tracker app). You know what they say – healthy body, healthy mind!

Walking does wonders for our environment too and is often the most carbon-friendly form of transportation. Using no fossil fuels and producing no air pollution, walking is even in the Committee on Climate Change’s most recent report setting out how the UK can reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Despite this, a shocking one-third of Brits are happy to use a petrol or diesel car for ‘easily walkable’ journeys. Whether for convenience or you think you’re avoiding pollutants by sitting in your car, think again.

This month, why not start small and walk to work one day a week or get walking on your lunch breaks? 

Embedding a culture of walking among staff isn’t easy. From active travel to lunchtime walk activities, our engagement programmes reward employees for walking more. This month we’re ramping it up for National Walking Month at Bournemouth University. Their Green Rewards members are being encouraged to pledge their participation in the campaign and are earning double Green Points for actively travelling to work in May (as well as a raffle!). We’ve also integrated Fitbit into many of our programmes recently, allowing employees to sync their steps and earn Green Points automatically through a Steps Challenge. 

So what are you waiting for? Get walking!

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Bethany Fruen

Head of Communications

Since joining Jump fresh out of university back in 2013 I’ve seen many changes in the way we communicate – both as a company and more widely within the sustainability industry. The current shift of sustainability to the mainstream is accelerating at a pace and it’s exciting to be part of this step change.  The insight I get from individual participants in our client programmes is invaluable as it helps me figure out the best way to get our messages across.

My team and I use digital communications to recognise individual and team success, providing information in a fun, meaningful way that encourages people to take action. It’s about creating a feedback loop where people see that their actions are having an impact and this is very powerful in creating positive change within an organisation.

 

Lawrence Mitchell

Change Management

I am Chief Customer Officer of SumoSalad, former Chief Marketing Officer at RELX: Risk & Analytics and Founder of RAW Energy. Having worked in publishing for 20 years, living through the first phases of the digital revolution, I’m used to disruption, uncertainty and transformation. But through all of this, my belief in putting the customer at the heart of an organisation by leveraging data analytics has helped multiple brands innovate, evolve and transform. 

I’m a huge advocate for promoting wellness in the workplace which is central to our Jump mission, and created the award-winning RBI Living Well programme. Through my RAW Energy platform, I support business and community leaders to be more resilient, more authentic and more focused on wellbeing.  A regular contributor to marketing, customer experience and wellness forums, I’ve written three books including Success without Stress: How to Prevent Burnout and Build Resilience for Optimal Health & Performance. 

Mark Lance

Finance & Company Secretary

I helped Graham set up Jump in 2011 and it’s great to be involved in such a dynamic, growing business where I can apply my specialism in corporate compliance to ensure we are meeting our statutory and financial obligations.  I am an associate of the Association of International Accountants (for whom I also act as a quality advisor) and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators. 

Alongside Jump, I’m a director of Cornhill Group, a corporate service business in London advising the boards of businesses in a wide variety of sectors including shipping, energy, media and aviation, and I’m also a director of a global energy trader. 

Rob Metcalfe

PR & Marketing

Alongside Jump, I’ve been helping clients get their message across for over 30 years,
most recently as chief executive of Richmond & Towers, the longest
established public relations consultancy in the UK.  A Chartered Marketer,
I’m increasingly helping clients frame their message around sustainability,
particularly in food, waste and energy. The Guardian once described me as being
the “evil genius who got us all hooked on avocados”, a claim I don’t deny.

Since helping Graham get Jump set up in 2011 I’ve enjoyed communicating about a
subject where there is a great willingness among companies and individuals to
do the right thing,  but understanding what practical action to take isn’t
always obvious. 

Graham Simmonds

Chief Executive

As CEO of Jump I lead a talented team of professionals committed to sustainability and wellness.  For much of my 35 year career I’ve been immersed in environmental issues, particularly how to engage people in practical action.  Previously I built Trees for Cities from start-up to a global, award-winning charity as its founding chief executive, and I loved developing new initiatives such as The Edible Playground and the Million Trees Campaign.  

In 2011 I set up Jump as I felt organisations large and small want to motivate action amongst their people around wellbeing and the planet, and a professional team dedicated to this purpose would help them accelerate their journey.  I’m also proud to chair the Reward Gateway Foundation which supports organisations and projects that address inequality and disadvantage, with the ultimate mission of making the world a better, fairer, safer and more equal place to work. 

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