More than 3000 staff members from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Glasgow City Council have managed to smash a pedometer challenge to walk 1.6million steps by completing a staggering 990,236,212 (nine hundred and ninety million, two hundred and thirty six thousand two hundred and twelve).
Staff were challenged to beat the 1.6 million steps it took for the Queen’s Baton to travel across Scotland. During the six-week challenge period 995 teams took part with 3853 participants and collectively managed to walk almost 400,000 miles
As part of the Active staff campaign each participant took on average 6119 steps each day while wearing their pedometers, higher than the usual step count of individuals which is between 3000 to 4000 per day.
Chris Kelly, NHSGGC’s health improvement senior (physical activity), said: “A massive congratulations to all the teams from both organisations who took part in this year’s challenge.
“We wanted to make this year’s challenge more interactive so we teamed up with World Walking to develop a website and smart phone apps to make participating a lot easier and fun! Teams seem to have really enjoyed tracking their own and other team’s progress, encouraging a little bit of friendly competition.
“When the staff pedometer challenge started back in 2010 we had 720 participants. This year’s challenge saw 3853 staff taking part which is incredible and hopefully a reflection of how much staff enjoy it.”
The challenge is organised under the umbrella of the Joint Staff Health Strategy and includes teams from Glasgow City Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Annemarie O’Donnell, Executive Director of Corporate Services, Glasgow City Council said: “The pedometer challenge is one of many initiatives we have organised this year to encourage staff to make healthier lifestyle choices; something that’s particularly apt in this year of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games which have been such a success for the city.
“The joint health strategy has also helped the Council to achieve the Gold Healthy Working Lives Award, a national award which recognises the Council as a caring employer which values its staff and works hard to support its workforce in a variety of ways to help them to achieve a good work-life balance.”
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