On the 19th November, More Energy based at Brunel University helped promote a Green Travel Day which was held in a bid to encourage staff, students and the general public to improve their carbon footprint, become more eco friendly and also healthier. Researchers believe that UK workers spend an average of 92 minutes per day commuting to and from work. This adds up to a huge amount of time spent commuting over the year – and also represents a huge potential impact on the environment. With growing concern for the planet – there has never been a better time for companies to improve their carbon footprint and become more eco friendly. Brunel University is determined to reduce the number of cars coming onto campus and to promote “green” ways of travelling however it is important to couple this with the healthy aspect of walking or cycling to work to promote wellbeing amongst the staff and students. In a recent FIA survey 50% of those surveyed said that they would like to do more activity but identified clear barriers holding them back: · 1 in 3 (29%) said they were too busy/ didn’t have enough time · Another third (29%) said they couldn’t afford it · 13% said they just didn’t have the motivation In keeping with the Green Travel theme and to promote healthy living More Energy conducted a prize drawer in which staff and students could enter for free for the chance of winning a Mountain Bike. Fitness Professionals were also on hand throughout the day to give fitness tips and hand out 7 day passes for individuals to be used to try out the facility based on campus for FREE. More Energy also held a great promotion during the day offering a considerable saving on the membership in which over 100 enquiries were received. Alan Gallacher, Director of Energy Fitness Professionals, says, “This event proved to be a good way to dismantle the obstacles individuals face as barriers to exercising and I am very proud of the success of the day.” * Survey commissioned by the FIA questioned base of 2,072 people

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