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Health professionals get active for Healthy Workplace week and raise funds for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) health professionals who work at Sanger House in Brockworth have taken part in a Marathon Relay to mark Active Gloucestershire’s Healthy Workplace week and raise money for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC).

More than seventy-five members of staff, including GPs and Governing Body members, took to the pavement over their lunch time on Thursday to walk, jog or run a mile as part of a workplace challenge to encourage physical activity and improved wellbeing.

Mary Hutton, Accountable Officer at NHS Gloucestershire CCG said:

“We were inspired by some of our colleagues who completed the London and Manchester marathons last month and we’re delighted that so many people signed up to run or walk a mile during their lunch hour.

To keep healthy, it is recommended that adults should aim to do 150 minutes of physical activity each week. It’s medically proven that people who do regular exercise are at a lower risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma and stroke.

Research also shows that physical activity can boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress and depression.”

Sarah Haden from Active Gloucestershire added:

“We’re really pleased that the CCG have taken on a workplace challenge. Every year in the UK, 200 million days are lost through sickness absence. A healthier and more active workforce has been shown to decrease staff turnover and reduce the likelihood of accidents/injury as well as chronic conditions. It is so easy to get caught up in work and forget to take a break from your desk, so any exercise is better than none. Even just walking a mile can help people to clear their mind and relax.”

Nicole BeeBee, Fundraiser from the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, added:

“We attended 349 incidents in Gloucestershire last year, so we are incredibly grateful for the support of everyone who took part today, including our own mascot, the Critical Care Bear. We always welcome unusual fundraising ideas such as these and it was great to see so many people getting involved and raising vital lifesaving funds for their local air ambulance.”

Three teams of 25 people competed, doing a mile each before joining together to walk the 26th mile ‘communally’, raising £350 for GWAAC.

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Active Gloucestershire: http://www.activegloucestershire.org/

GWAAC: http://www.greatwesternairambulance.com/

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