his month we questioned Kirsteen, one of the new recruits to our team of activators...
How/when did you get involved with activestaff?
I got involved in activestaff in June 2016 by participating in a beginners jogging class and Fatburn Extreme, to try to get my fitness levels back after a knee injury. Then in March this year, after completing a Jog Leader course with JogScotland and speaking with a fellow activator in the QEUH, I also applied to be an activator.
What do you do/have you done in your role as an activator?
In my role as an activator I have encouraged people to try the different classes that have been advertised, and spoken with them about the Glasgow Club Memberships available to NHS staff. I currently take an improvers and a beginners jogging class. My first beginners class have moved into the improvers class and our second beginners class are currently over halfway through a 10-week course. The improvers classes are going well and everyone is benefiting from the classes.
Why do you think activestaff is important?
Activestaff allows staff to be active during their working day, where they may not be able to fit in activities after work. It also allows people to network, de-stress, and try activities they may not have tried before. It’s not just about the physical side of being active, losing weight or toning up. It’s also about the mental health side of being active – it has so many benefits for people that may suffer from anxiety or depression.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about becoming an activator?
Go for it!