The employees of Vernon join over 6000 children from a total of 36 schools in the council's Smile for a Mile scheme.

The scheme encourages people to walk an additional mile per day on top of their usual routine. Through walking, running and jogging, the council hope that participants will benefit from improved physical health and mental wellbeing.

Cllr Tom McGee, Stockport Council's Cabinet member for health remarked: “I am delighted that the Vernon Building Society is encouraging its employees to take part in the Smile for a Mile initiative and I’m hoping that their positive experience with this initiative will inspire other Stockport businesses to take part. I'm trying to walk more every day as well because of the benefits it gives.”

We are the first business within Stockport to take part and colleagues have set themselves the challenge to collectively "walk to Moscow" in time for the World Cup final, which involves walking an additional 3,500 miles above their usual routines.

There is a distinct buzz within the office as employees compare steps and devise creative new ways to walk more, including 'walking meetings' where business is done on the currently sunny streets of Stockport.

So far the office is at a collective 1500 miles which brings Vernon somewhere in the vicinity of Minsk.

For more information about the scheme, contact Russ Boaler, Consultant for Physical Education, Sport & Physical Activity at Stockport Council, on 0161 474 3941.

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