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In NHST we take forward the promotion of staff health and wellbeing through a number of routes one of them being the HWL award programme. Through the HWL programme we provide information to staff about the whole range of healthy lifestyles including healthy eating, mental wellbeing, smoking cessation and the benefits of physical activity . So I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you some of the initiatives that we have put in place over the last few years to encourage and motivate staff to be active and demonstrate how they can incorporate physical activity in their lives both at work and outside of work
I find that the pedometer and stair climbing challenges are quite motivating for staff to get involved in physical activity as they feel it is something they can take part in during their working day and they don&apos;t have to take time out to take part in . I find it is quite a useful tool to introduce if you are specifically wanting to work with a group of staff so for example this year as we are extending the HWL programme into the community hospitals and there has been quite a bit of support from staff working in these areas. People can get quite caught up in counting their steps and people report walking more to work, going out for walks at lunchtime more, being more active at the weekend as they monitor their daily step count There has been quite a bit of positive feedback from staff
Each year now for a a number of years we have been having Staff Summer Walks and Picnics at some of our major hospital sites for those staff who can schedule to get away at lunchtimes. We have had quite a few office based staff making the effort to come along over the years. We get a mixture of staff coming along from different departments and they have said that they appreciate the opportunity to see a bit of the surrounding area outside their building as most staff seem to get out of their car and go straight to their office . The idea is to show staff a short route that they can easily undertake themselves in under 30 minutes and there is the social aspect as well with time to chat over the picnic. We try to incorporate whatever local green space there is locally so that there is that benefit as well.
At Ninewells Hospital we are very fortunate to have access to the arboretum and community garden in the area surrounding the hospital buildings- so walks at Ninewells Hospital usually feature a route through the arboretum and a stop at the community garden which has developed significantly over the years thanks to a group of very enthusiatic volunteers. We go out for our walk and picnic even if the weather is a bit rainy (perhaps have the picnic indoors). If the weather is very bad then it is an excellent opportunity to walk indoors through the miles and miles of corridors and flights of stairs that we have at some of our larger hospitals .
Every 3 years we carry out an Employee Wellbeing Survey . Each time the percentage of staff responding that they spend over 30 minutes daily on moderate intensity activity has increased and I was surprised to see that this years figure had increased dramatically. Of course these are self reported figures with all the associated limitations however I hope our efforts around promoting the benefits of being physically active will have some real affect.
Thank you and ill just leave you with the pleasant scene of the Ninewells Community garden in full bloom
Promoting Health and Well-being for Cancer Prevention | Sylvia Mudie
“Looking forward to the next one. Can I thank you for running
the scheme. It has been an eye opener as to how inactive I’ve
“I’m still wearing my pedometer and gradually and effectively
increasing my activity levels. It has been fantastic, thank you.”
“Interestingly I walk a lot more on the days that I’m at work
compared with the days I’m at home with the kids so that has
been a useful thing to find out. I also feel it is a really good
motivator – it is nice to have a target to reach as an incentive.”
2008 2011 2014
16% 28.2% 47.2%
Self Reported Activity Levels
“How much time do you spend on moderate
physical activity per day” > 30 minutes
This Year’s Programme
Walk the Southern Upland Way Challenge
Launch of Ramblers Medal Routes
Summer Walks and Picnics
Cycle to Work Salary Sacrifice Scheme
Launch of Pool Bikes
Essential Cycle Skills training
Cycle Maintenance Session
Cycle to Work Day