Workshop: Keeping fit and staying healthy at the office

Posted on April 28, 2016

Since most office environments are arranged in ways that require little movement, it is easy for office workers to become sedentary, which increases the possibility of weight gain and the risks associated with it. Desk jobs are also likely to increase strain on your back, wrists, neck and eyes, resulting in general loss of muscle tone.

The purpose of this workshop is to educate staff on proper office ergonomics and fitness in the workplace. Participants will be guided in identifying risks in their environment that are related to ergonomics and will be advised on how to address those risks.

Staff will also be educated on exercise principles, the anatomy of a workout and various types of exercise programme and their specific benefits. Various stretching and other exercises that can be done in the office, and even at desks, will be demonstrated.

Please note that we can unfortunately accommodate only 15 people and that applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Do not delay in making your reservation for our brand-new 2016 health workshops on various topics.


Activity: Wellness workshop: 'Keeping fit and staying healthy at the office'

Date: Friday, 6 May 2016 

Venue: Lecture Hall 2-2.7, Natural Science Building 1, Hatfield Campus

Time: 08:00−12:00

Presented by: EAP@UP

RSVP: [email protected] by 12:00 on Wednesday, 4 May 2016


Please note that bookings can be made only for staff members whose line managers have approved their attendance. Any queries with regard to the workshop should be directed by email to Susan Joubert.


Register online as follows:

  • Log on to the UP portal ( The UP Staff intranet news page will appear. Click on the Staff Systems Portlet button.
  • Scroll to the Human Capital Management (HCM) System portlet and click on Human Resources Self-Service link (leave, claims, personal info, etc) 
  • Click on the Employee Work Centre link. 
  • Click on the Performance Development tab. 
  • Click on Development Request. (You have previously entered your development needs and have selected the programme(s) that you would like to attend.) 
  • Click on In-house (Free of charge) programmes
  • Click on Search by course name,(1985 – Fit & Healthy at the office) type the name of the workshop and click on the Search button, or simply leave the space blank and press enter. 
  • A list of all the selected courses will be displayed. Click on View available sessions next to the course you would like to attend and select a session by clicking on the Session number
  • On the Request Training Enrolment – Session Detail screen, read the applicable information and click on the Continue button. 
  • Complete the comments field if necessary and click on Submit.


- Author EAP@UP

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