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Walk to Work Week 2012

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By: NHS Lambeth

Original Bid

Competition of who can clock up the most steps by the end of the week. We will purchase pedometers for participants on a first come first serve basis in advance of the competition and award Prizes for the top 3, which may consist of walking challenge packs. There will promotion about the best way to clock up steps is to walk to work (or part of the way!) Target audience: Staff based at 1 Lower Marsh (472 members of staff).

Post Event Feedback

With the funding we received, we purchased forty three pedometers and three walk to work back-packs.We set a challenge for all staff based in our building to clock up the most number of steps, and emphasised positives such as burning off more calories and helping to reduce Lambeth’s carbon footprint. Staff were given a date and time to collect their Pedometers from our health and wellbeing stand and we allocated them on a first come first serve basis. Members of staff were asked to register on-line to take part in the challenge. Twelve took up the challenge and we awarded the top three with a Walk to Work Back-Pack each.

Distributing the pedometers also provided us with a great opportunity to talk to staff face-to-face and ask for suggestions on how we as an organization could make our workplace a healthier and nicer place to work. Two examples of feedback was walking groups at lunch-time and exercise classes on site.Attached a copy of the poster of our the winners. One commented that wearing the pedometer made him really think about ways of increasing his number of steps and avoided using lifts and escalators etc.We will continue to promote the challenges via Living Streets and would welcome any further funding to encourage more staff to take part.

Niymeti Ramadan, Business Support Manager, niymetiramadan@nhs.net