NHS Ayrshire & Arran is encouraging groups of local workers to get Fit in '14 by taking steps to become more physically active this year – and the Board’s Public Health department is showing how its done by committing to walk the equivalent of the distance from Sydney in Australia to Glasgow. That’s 10,535 miles in case you were wondering.
NHS staff involved have calculated that the distance represents
21,070,000 individual steps, which equates to 602,000 steps for each
person in the team.
Health Coach Claire Rogerson explained the
initiative, “A little more physical activity can make a big difference
to your health and wellbeing. Being active halves your risk of heart
disease and type 2 diabetes, plus it lowers your risk of depression.
So, in other words, being active can make you healthier and happier.”
Rogerson said the Public Health team felt the Fit in '14 scheme was a
“win-win” situation, so they “decided to embark on this walking
Local workplace teams who would like to get Fit in '14 are encouraged to visit the dedicated website here to make their own personal pledge.