NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has signed up to a new national initiative to encourage more women to take up sports.
With more than 30,000 female staff, NHSGGC is in a prime position to support the Scottish Government’s initiative, which builds on recent successes in women’s football and netball at a national level, working with key leaders from the world of women’s sport to get more girls and women involved.
Fiona Watt, health improvement senior is fully behind the initiative and is one of many female staff working for the NHS who has taken up sport and managed to combine it with working and family life.
She said: “I was never a ‘runner’, but when I went to university in Newcastle and cheered on everyone at the Great North Run, it gave me the urge to get into it. I watched all these amazing people and thought ‘if they can do it so can I’ and started training. The next year I did the event and loved it.
“However, I then had two children in the space of 17 months and stopped training. I knew I had to find something that would help me get the baby weight off as well as find something for me again, but fitting in with family and work life.
“When you become a mum, you have to put your kids first so I wanted to find something that I could still train/compete in without impacting on them and going back to running was the answer.”
Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health, NHSGGC added: “We all know that being more physically active is the best thing we can do to improve our health and playing sport is also a helpful way to make new friends and have great fun.
“Personally I find involvement in sport and exercise a very good way to relieve stress and ensure I can do the best job possible.
“In NHSGGC there is excellent support through our local Activestaff programme which offers a range of free sport and physical activity opportunities including jogging, badminton and discounted gym memberships to all staff.”
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Pic: Fiona gets her children involved in her running.