About The Award Scheme

These awards have been designed and based around concepts of health promotion and ill health prevention. They have been designed in such a way that they can be adapted to meet the needs of any workplace whatever the size.

First Step Award

Once an organisation has signed up to the Up & Active Workplaces programme they are then eligible to a FREE health check for all employees.

  • A lifestyle advice questionnaire
  • Height, weight and BMI check
  • Blood pressure check

Advanced Awards

Once an organisation has completed the First Steps Award they can then progress to working towards the Advanced Award, if they wish, with the full support of the Up & Active Workplaces Team. Progression on the Avanced Awards will be achieved following assessment against the progressive criteria as set out in each level. Targets reflect the expected level of health activities relevant to the business, thus making it possible for the very small or the very large to participate.

Bronze Award

This level lays the foundation for all levels of the award but is equally important and valid in its own right.

Silver Award

This level of the award builds upon the basics that have been set in place at Bronze Level.

Gold Award

By the time your organisation is aiming for Gold you will have already demonstrated your commitment to the health and well being of your employees.


The award level achieved remains valid until such time as a workplace can demonstrate health and well being activities against the standards defined for the higher award levels. Throughout this period the Up & Active Workplaces Team will continue to support and encourage progressive health improvements.

A business may seek to achieve and stay with a particular level of award without the need to move on to other levels. However the award achieved would be valid for a period of two years only after which time the business would need to apply for re-validation. At this point we would expect the organisation to be able to demonstrate evidence that they are continuing to develop and grow as a healthy workplace.

A healthy workplace is about ethos and environment, it is not an outcome in itself and so assessors will seek assurance and evidence that work to improve staff health and well being is being sustained and becoming embedded in the nature of the organisation concerned.

The Up & Active Workplaces Assessors who will judge the award will hold assessment days approximately twice a year to examine evidence and agree awards. The way to pass the assessment and go on to achieve an award is to raise awareness and involve staff in identifying the potential for change, make and document the changes, review and assess the changes and continue to ensure the long term sustainability of the change by implementing policies and action plans.

It is not by ‘doing’ a topic that you will get through the award. The assessors will be looking for real and lasting change that has had a positive impact on the health, attitude and morale of your staff. Your staff are your biggest asset and so are worth investing in. Its not about doing it, its about how well you do it. A healthy workplace is not an outcome it is a process.