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Workplaces are challenged to get healthy and win prizes in Reaching Rio 2015
9th March 2015

It’s back! Reaching Rio – the West Sussex workplace physical activity challenge is back for a third year.

Workplaces are challenged to get healthy and win prizes in Reaching Rio 2015

Registration is now open for the challenge (www.reachingrio.org) which runs from Monday April 13 to Sunday July 5.


Reaching Rio takes teams on a virtual route from London to Rio. Physical activity is logged by teams and converted into miles.


Amazon vouchers worth £125 are up for grabs for the first team to reach Rio and there are also chances to win prizes on the journey.

Last year more than 290 teams signed up and logged a total of almost 70,000 hours of exercise!


Christine Field, chairman of West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board which backs the challenge, said: “The Rio Olympics are one year away and this is a fun challenge that we hope will help people to find a sport they enjoy and then continue doing.

“You definitely don’t need to be an Olympic athlete to take part! Just get a team of five of you together in your workplace and each of you commit to being more active for the challenge. You will soon see the benefits!”


The challenge is open to West Sussex workplaces and teams are made up of five people.

Although any adult can join, Reaching Rio is aimed at people who don’t currently do a lot of exercise, but want to do more by taking part in a fun challenge.

From walking to football, dance to swimming,  activity is converted into miles and takes teams on their virtual route. They just need to log all activity on the website or via the smart phone app.


New features on the Reaching Rio website  this year are league tables, new bonus activities and a post-Reaching Rio challenge. There are still prizes to be won.

Participants will be asked to complete a survey before they start Reaching Rio so at the end of the challenge, changes to lifestyles can be measured.


Over the course of Reaching Rio 2014:

  • 64,191 activities were logged.
  • 69,507 hours 20 minutes of physical activity were logged.
  • 2,868,287 miles were travelled between London and Rio
  • In total 27,782,944 were burned (That's enough to power a Nissan Leaf electric car for approximately 111,132 miles)


To find out more, visit the Reaching Rio website at www.reachingrio.org.

It’s recommended that adults should aim for 150  minutes moderate intensity physical activity a week


People who do regular physical activity have a lower risk of many chronic diseases such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, strokes and some cancers. It can also boost self-esteem and mood, as well as reduce the risk of stress, depression and dementia.

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