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Steps to a healthier body

Nearly two-thirds of the adult population are overweight or obese. NHSGGC staff are no different, with recent surveys suggesting nurses and healthcare workers may have even higher levels of obesity.

Keeping to a healthy weight or losing some weight has real health benefits. By losing just 5kg, you will immediately lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and improve your mobility, reducing aches and pains.

Staying focused and making the changes long term can be a challenge, but don’t lose heart – many of us are in the same situation and helping each other can make it easier.

The health of our staff is a key priority to NHSGGC so we’ve introduced a range of services and support to help colleague who want to have a healthier body.

Whether your goal is about shedding excess pounds or getting into your jeans,we’ve introduced resources, services and links to help you stay motivated or give you some practical support.

Getting started with your own weight loss
If you want to lose weight, making small, realistic changes to your diet and level of physical exercise will help you kick-start your weight-loss journey. Our practical guide Eat Well Feel Good Look Great Lose Weight, available to download from the Healthier Body webpage, will help get you started and build the foundations for a successful, effective weight loss that you can maintain over the long term. www.nhsggc.org.uk/healthyweight

Greater Glasgow and Clyde Weight Management Service
Staff who are overweight and have diabetes, heart disease or a history of stroke can now self-refer to Glasgow and Clyde Weight Management Services by calling: 0141 211 3379 (Monday-Friday 8am-4pm) or by completing an online referral form. www.nhsggc.org.uk/healthyweight

On receipt of referral, individuals will be directed to either the Community Weight Management Service or the Specialist Glasgow and Clyde Weight Management Service, based on health condition and weight. Both services are free.

Community Weight Management Service in partnership with Weight Watchers

  • eligible staff will be given 12 weeks full free membership to Weight Watchers
  • eligible staff will follow a programme combining healthy eating, physical activity and behaviour change techniques
  • eligible staff who successfully attend and lose 5kg will be considered for a further 12-week block.

Specialist Glasgow and Clyde Weight Management Service

  • following an initial assessment, individuals will participate in a lifestyle intervention programme delivered in a group setting
  • the service will help:
    • change eating behaviours and improve physical activity levels
    • set realistic weight loss goals to improve health and give tools needed to maintain weight loss over time
  • specialised liquid diets, medication and surgery will be considered as appropriate
  • additional input from specialist physiotherapy and clinical psychology will be offered where required.

Weigh in @ Work
Want to start a workplace weight management group with your colleagues?

Weigh in at Work ([email protected]) is a handy pack that provides useful topic information for you to run your own informal workplace weight management group.

The group can work through the pack’s modules to help reach and sustain a healthy weight: BMI measurement, setting a realistic target, eating plans, becoming more active and tips for staying on track.

Training is available for group leaders too – it couldn’t be simpler!

Dedicated [email protected] sessions for staff who are not part of a local group are run at our major acute sites – the Royal Hospital for Children, New Stobhill Hospital, New Victoria Hospital, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Garnavel General Hospital and QEUH. These are run by the Support and Information Services (SIS) and local volunteers.

To order a pack for your local group or to find out about our training sessions or the SIS sessions, email: [email protected] or call 0141 201 4860.

Activestaff
Physical activity can help support weight loss, as well as boosting our energy and lifting our mood. Whether you want to de-stress, lose weight quicker, tone up or achieve your fitness goals, Activestaff can help – www.nhsggc.org.uk/activestaff

Activestaff offers a wide range of activities, ranging from walking challenges and football tournaments to free on-site classes for staff. From tai chi and yoga to Metafit and Fatburn Extreme, they aim to cater for all levels of fitness. You can also take advantage of discounted leisure membership for local authority facilities.

Healthier food options
NHSGGC is the first health board in Scotland to have implemented a Healthy Retail Policy, which has increased the opportunities to purchase healthier options in our vending machines, cafés, dining rooms and shops.

New products have been sourced, recipes have been altered and now all facilities meet the Healthy Living Award Plus criteria (HLA+). This means that whether you visit the Aroma café/dining, Souped Up and Juiced, Deco Coffee, Mabel McGinley’s, Beatson Cancer Charity or any other hot food provider, 70 per cent of the food and drinks now meet the nutritional criteria, meaning they are lower in sugar, fat and salt.

Not only that, we have now implemented the new National Healthcare Retail Standard (HRS). This means that all shops and trolley services such as the RVS, WH Smith, Marks & Spencer, the Churches Tea Bar, Café Connect and Befriending Rendezvous Café now ensure that at least 50 per cent of all food meet the nutritional criteria: lower in sugar, fat and salt and 70 per cent of all drinks are sugar free or 0.5g/100ml.

Wherever you go on our acute sites, all 53 of our units either adhere to the HLA+ or the HRS… it’s easier to make a healthy choice!