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Kingston Hospital staff embrace Virgin Pulse Global Challenge

Wednesday 5 July 2017

Kingston Hospital staff embrace Virgin Pulse Global Challenge

KHFT teams have walked more than 117 million steps

 

Kingston Hospital staff have embarked on the Virgin Pulse 100 days Global Challenge and have embraced the opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing. 385 staff members across 55 teams have been taking part in the Global Challenge since it launched in May, and the achievements to date are quite staggering. It is getting very competitive.

So far, teams at the Trust combined have walked more than 117 million steps, which equates to more than 75,000km and 1.87 times around the world!

Employees across all different jobs and professions have been taking part – from Nurses and Physiotherapists to Business Analysts and Pharmacists. Teams have also come up with lots of inventive ways to increase their step counts: including having walking one to one meetings, instead of sitting in an office, and going on group lunchtime walks to local Richmond Park. 

As well as creating some healthy competition between teams at the hospital, the Global Challenge is encouraging staff to think more about their general levels of fitness.  The stats currently show that nearly half of participants involved in the challenge are ‘highly active’, and walking an average of more than 12,500 steps a day.

Kelvin Cheatle, Director of Workforce at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’ve had a great response to the Global Challenge at Kingston Hospital, with all our participants getting really active. We’ve recently launched a new health and wellbeing strategy to support our staff’s physical, mental, financial and family heath, and the Global Challenge has helped kick this off with great success.”

The average step count for all 385 participants has been steadily increasing as the weeks go by, as the competition gets fiercer the steps go up, and everyone gets fitter!   

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