Spire Parkway Hospital staff get set for Workout at Work

Staff at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull will be learning how simple small changes can lead to a fitter and healthier lifestyle by taking part in the third Workout at Work Day (W@WD) on 12th June 2013.

Thousands of workers nationwide are taking part in the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s initiative, which aims to encourage employees to avoid poor work habits and take more exercise. The day also highlights to employers the benefits of having a fitter and healthier workforce.

Spire Parkway Hospital staff will be doing a variety of events from taster Pilates classes, lunchtime powerwalks and a treadmill challenge alongside plenty of advice and information about how people can try to adopt healthier lifestyles at work.

Chartered physiotherapist, Clare Claridge, said:

“We know that healthy employees are more productive, have higher morale and are less likely to take time off sick. That helps employers like Spire Parkway Hospital be more effective and save money from unnecessary sickness absence.”

On W@WD, physiotherapy staff recommend the following low or no cost ideas to employers:

• encourage staff to take breaks and get active
• ensure staff receive appropriate work station assessments and advice on carrying out their job safely
• create a work culture which supports a healthy work-life balance
• provide a staff notice-board where healthy eating and exercise information can be displayed
• encourage staff to report any physical problems early when they are easier to treat
• encourage participation in physical activity and sports
• provide flexible working if you can.

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