Staff at Burton Hospitals get in a spin for World Physical Activity Day

Staff at Burton Hospitals get in a spin for World Physical Activity Day
03 April 2017

STAFF at Burton Hospitals will be joining millions of people across the globe to take part in World Physical Activity Day.

Since then its popularity has soared with even more countries expected to participate in this year’s Active People - Happy People! event.

The Trust recognises the importance of supporting its 3,500 employees to stay fit, happy and healthy so that they can provide patients with the best possible standard of care.

That’s why it is hoping to build upon the hugely successful health initiatives it has already held including the ‘Fitbit Challenge’ which it ran in partnership with activity tracker supplier Fitbit.

Staff signed up to boost the level of exercise they did by walking 10,000 steps per day. As part of World Physical Activity Day, employees will be encouraged to get in a spin for 10-minutes with Burton Albion Community Trust’s ‘smoothie’ bike or to have a go on a standard exercise bike.

Burton Albion’s FC’s mascot Billy Brewer will also be on hand to cheer members of staff on. Employees can also attend a 20-minute circuit training taster session in the Physio gym at Queen’s Hospital where they can take part in a range of exercises from step-ups to squats and star jumps.

Lunchtime power walks at Queen’s, Samuel Johnson and Sir Robert Peel hospitals will also be held as part of the celebrations.

Medical Director Magnus Harrison said: “Providing excellent patient care is our number one priority across all three of our hospital sites and we strongly believe that members of staff need to be fit and healthy in order to achieve the high standards we expect of them and that our communities deserve.

“Increasing levels of exercise can have a really positive impact on helping to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, osteoporosis and arthritis among other illnesses so it is absolutely vital to set aside time to take part.

“This is one of many ways we support out staff in helping them to enjoy a good work-life balance and to look forward to the time they spend at the Trust while simultaneously creating a positive atmosphere for our patients to be treated in.”

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