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Helping Our Workforce Get Healthier in 2013

January 08, 2013 2:19 PM

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Scotland’s biggest health board has launched a major push to get their healthcare professionals more active and healthier this year.

As well as supporting the Scottish Government’s sensible drinking campaign, “Drop A Glass Size in 2013”, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) is heavily promoting its smoking cessation and nutrition services plus fitness activities to its 38,000 staff.

Dr Linda de Caestecker, NHSGGC’s Director of Public Health, said: “There are very good reasons for NHS staff to become healthier.

“Firstly it benefits everyone to improve their lifestyle, but our staff are also advocates to patients.

“If NHS staff are physically active, and that can mean everything from running marathons to walking and gardening, they will know all about the positive changes to their personal health, and this is advice they can pass onto those in their care.”

Staff who want to stub out the cigs can be pointed to the best quit method for them by contacting the free Smokeline helpline - 0800 848484 – and speaking to a trained counsellor.

This could mean regularly attending a local smoking cessation group or signing up for the national 12-week pharmacy scheme which involves using nicotine replacement products such as patches or gum, supported by help and advice from a pharmacist.

Staff are also being encouraged to get more physically active, by taking up walking, cycling and running and reduce the risks of chronic long-term conditions such as stroke, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

A Weigh in @ Work scheme, where staff can learn more about nutrition, weight loss and weight management, has been successfully trialled at the New Stobhill Hospital and is now being rolled out to the New Victoria and Royal Alexandra Hospitals, and the new laboratories at the Southern General campus.

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For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]



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