Physios are a step ahead in Redcar
Staff at Redcar Primary Hospital have been competing with each other throughout September to be become Step Challenge Champions and improve their fitness.
As part of the Tees Valley Personalised Travel Planning programme run by Local Motion and Connect Tees Valley, the four week challenge recruited 38 members of staff within seven teams from right across the hospital.
The winning team, made up of three members of staff from the Physiotherapy department managed to clock up almost 900,000 steps across the 4 week period. Their prize is £200 which they may well invest in an activity tracker each. Colleagues Allison Sudran and Ann Marsay were joined by a third colleague who has since moved to another hospital and is planning to set up a step challenge there too.
Alison commented “Taking part in the challenge helped me realise how much I don’t move when I’m sat at my desk all day. I had to make a concerted effort to go for a walk every evening.”
“I’ve become so obsessed with increasing my daily steps that I’ve set up a challenge with my sister who lives in Portsmouth. We keep each other updated on how many steps we’ve logged each day and it’s fun to see where she’s walked!”
Team member Ann added “I’m on my feet all day at work so I used to do 10,000 steps anyway but I wanted to walk more so decided to take the dog out every evening for a long trek. He loved it!
The hospital step challenge was part of a wider programme to promote sustainable transport within workplaces across the Tees Valley. Travel Advisors have been working within hospitals and job centres in Redcar and Hartlepool to provide information on bus services, rail schedules, walking and cycling routes and car share schemes.
The programme moved to Stockton on 18th October then will move onto Middlesbrough in December, finally finishing the programme in Darlington in February and March. Look out for more step challenges in North Tees Hospital in October and November and at James Cook Hospital from December.
Councillor Lynn Pallister, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council's Cabinet member for Health and Housing commented “Walking or cycling regularly has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers, so the travel advice delivered through the Personalised Travel Planning Project will deliver health benefits along with environmental and money saving benefits.”
To keep up to date with where the travel advisors are follow Local Motion on Facebook or call 01325 40 50 40.
The Personalised Travel Planning project (PTP) is part of a wider PTP project covering the five Tees Valley local authorities. PTP makes up a large part of the work of the Tees Valley’s Sustainable Transport Transition Year Fund Bid which is funded by the Department for Transport.