Stepping up to help keep fit at work

NTW's Deputy Director of Workforce and Organisational Development Lynne Shaw (bottom left) and her challenge team, Claire Shaw, Claire Baxter and Judith Hampshire.
NTW's Deputy Director of Workforce and Organisational Development Lynne Shaw (bottom left) and her challenge team, Claire Shaw, Claire Baxter and Judith Hampshire.

Health staff are stepping up to the mark by taking part in a pedometer challenge to help keep fit at work.

Teams of four from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) will be participating in the four week challenge from Monday, August 3, to Sunday, August 30, to see how many steps they can take and also how far they have walked.

Lynne Shaw, NTW’s deputy director of workforce and organisational development, said: “Our pedometer challenge is always hotly contested and is a fun way of keeping fit.

“This year over 40 teams across the Trust will be competing to see who can achieve the most steps.

“As I am also taking part in this year’s challenge my team and I are looking forward to the ‘healthy’ competition from our colleagues.

“Walking is not only is a great form of daily exercise it also has great health benefits like cutting the risk of developing diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

“It can also make a massive contribution to your emotional wellbeing.”

At the end of each week team leaders will submit the number of steps their team have completed to challenge organisers, and the team who has recorded the most steps over the month will receive a prize.