NEW guidance from NICE suggesting that every workplace promote physical activity couldn’t have come sooner.

We work with businesses around the UK, encouraging walking to, from and during the working day.

We see staff reap huge benefits from being more physically active.

Employers witness higher productivity levels and reduced absenteeism.

Recommendation that parents be encouraged to walk or cycle children to school is also vital if we want to reduce childhood obesity and cut pollution outside school gates.

We would urge local authorities to act on this advice and make our streets safer and more attractive to encourage more parents to walk their children to school.

Stephen Edwards, director of policy, Living Streets.