Best foot forward for staff at Basildon Hospital

STAFF at Basildon University Hospital powered their way through more than 52 million steps during June as part of a challenge to promote health and wellbeing at work.

The month-long step challenge, organised by the occupational health and therapies teams, was open to individuals and groups of up to eight people. The team winners were the ‘baby walkers’ from the maternity department, who clocked up a combined tally of 3,950,239 steps. Chris Boatman, contracts manager, who paced himself over a total of 593,393 steps, was the individual winner.

Sue Hillman, head of occupational health and wellbeing, said: “Everyone was really keen to step out, and there has been a lot of friendly competition between the teams and individuals.

“We want to encourage people to make small changes to move around a bit more. Simple things like taking the stairs instead of the lift can make a big difference to your overall fitness, health and wellbeing.

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“The step challenge was part of our workout@work programme and we have lots more events and activities lined up over the coming months for staff to get involved in.”

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