38,000 NHS staff in Greater Glasgow and Clyde are set to benefit from a new and exciting campaign to help them get more physically active.
NHSGGC, Scotland’s largest health board, has launched Active Staff, a campaign open to every member of its workforce offering them access to a wide range of activities both within the workplace and near where they live.
Dr Linda de Caestecker, NHSGGC’s Director of Public Health, explained: “This summer, the eyes of the world will be on Glasgow and Scotland as we welcome some of the world’s top sportsmen and women.
“With less than six months to go to the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the excitement is palpable and Scots of all ages and from all walks of life are already feeling inspired by the event.
“We want to ensure that our staff have all the support and encouragement they need to turn this enthusiasm into action and take those all-important first steps to getting more active.”
Through Active Staff, the health board will develop a programme of activities for its main sites, tailored to what staff want– whether that be running or walking clubs on sites with spacious grounds, or indoor activities such as Metafit or zumba.
Active Staff will also make it easier for staff to take part in some of Scotland’s best known mass participation events, such as the Great Scottish Run and the Glasgow Women’s 10k with local training programmes and ‘first timer’ discounts.
And for those in need of a bit more support to get started, there’s an opportunity to have a one to one consultation to see a Live Active advisor to discuss their activity levels and set personalised goals.
The Live Active scheme, until now only available to patients referred by their GP, will see staff receive advice, support and encouragement over a 12 month period to help staff become and stay physically active. Staff will also have an opportunity to meet new people and try a variety of activities (exercise classes, gym sessions, swimming, walking and home based exercise) at their own pace in their local leisure centre.
NHSGGC is also looking for a team of ‘Activators’ – physical activity motivators - who can encourage and support staff in their local areas to get active and stay active.
Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health, said: “Over the next twelve months, Active Staff will provide staff with everything they need to take that all-important first step to getting more active.
“This is not about running marathons or hitting the gym seven days a week. This is about taking small but vital steps to increase levels of activity, whether you are already active or if you are not active at all.
“Studies have shown that even small increases in physical activity can produce significant health benefits.
“So as the Commonwealth Games athletes begin their final intensive training to take home the gold, I urge all our staff to take that first step to a more active life and take home their own prize – the prize of better health.”
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