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October 01, 2003 9:27 AM

This month, HM Prison Barlinnie was awarded a prestigious national prize to recognise its commitment to staff health.

September.thBarlinnie scooped a silver plaque from Scotland's Health at Work, a Scottish Executive initiative designed to reward and support those employers who work towards employee good health.  Andrew Cubie, Chairman, Scotland's Health at Work and Evelyn Borland, Director of Health Promotion, Greater Glasgow NHS Board presented the award to governor Bill McKinlay at a special ceremony in the prison on 17

In the three years that it took Barlinnie to gain this award, staff volunteers organised healthy eating events, health fairs, massage therapy, staff health checks and revamped their smoking policy. They also were congratulated for their excellent provision of physical activity opportunities, with a wide range of sports clubs like football and badminton, a well equipped staff gym with personal trainer, mapped out walks, and toning classes like yoga and aerobics. They also opened these opportunities out to the prisoners, giving them the chance to gain a qualification in physical activity.

Christine Herbert, Chairperson of Barlinnie Health Forum, said "The response from the staff has been excellent.  The committee organise these health events, which takes up quite a bit of time.  But is worth the effort when you see colleagues taking part in the weekly aerobics classes, colleagues who see the health benefits in stopping smoking and staff who eat from the healthy options available on menu to help lose weight.

Lisa Buck, Scotland's Health at Work Assessor said, " HM Prison Barlinnie has put an impressive amount of work into achieving this award. Scotland's Health at Work is all about getting both employees and management to work together to achieve good health in the workplace. The benefits of this are healthier, happier staff with the added effects of lower absenteeism, higher morale, and improved company image. Over 1000 organisations Scotland–wide are currently registered with us, and it is clear why."

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