Fitness challenge for hospital staff

Stoke Mandvelle hospital
Stoke Mandvelle hospital

Staff at Stoke Mandeville Hospital have been encouraged to lead by example and show that it is possible to undertake exercise even if you have a busy and demanding job.

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust arranged for workers to try a range of activities from Pilates and Zumba to ballroom dancing, running and Nordic walking.

Sandra Hatton, director of human resources at the NHS trust, said: “The NHS challenge week has given our staff the opportunity to think about their personal health and wellbeing and increase the amount of exercise or physical activity they do every day.

“It’s really important to make changes that we can build into our everyday routines. Changing where we park, when we go shopping and stopping using lifts all make real contributions to improving our long term health.

“Such improvements aim to reduce the sickness absence of staff, resulting in healthier staff who can act as a better role model to patients.

“ I hope that the enthusiasm will be translated into a determination by the wider public to increase their levels of physical activity as the London 2012 Olympics finally gets under way.”

Events took place across the trust’s sites including Thame, Stoke Mandeville, Marlow, Buckingham, Wycombe and Amersham Hospitals.

Mobile health checks were provided. Physiotherapists advised staff on musculoskeletal issues. Stop smoking advisers were also on hand to offer motivation and support.