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NHS Lanarkshire staff pledge to 'Get Active' for Lanarkshire

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 11:00 GMT on Friday, 19th April, 2013.
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MEMBERS of staff over at NHS Lanarkshire have pledged to Get Active.
Health service administration staff at Udston Hospital have pledged their support for ‘Get Active Lanarkshire’.

The Get Active Lanarkshire campaign is an initiative aiming to get Lanarkshire people more active, more often and is part of a Commonwealth Games legacy initiative, aimed at encouraging Lanarkshire residents to increase their physical activity in the run up to and beyond the Commonwealth Games, in 2014.

Other initiative partners include South Lanarkshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, North Lanarkshire Leisure, Healthy Working Lives the University of the West of Scotland and the voluntary sector.

As part of the initiative, the Udston administration staff have each vowed to increase their level of physical activity by making small changes to their everyday lives, with a number of chosen physical activities pledges, such as, walking more while at work or on their journey to work.

Udston receptionist Janice McCormick said: “I already enjoy walking, but I’d like to think I could do some more during my lunch break – particularly now that the summer is coming.”

Doreen Buttery added: “I’m sometimes based at Carluke Health Centre and when there, I plan to use the stairs rather than the lift.”

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All the staff took the opportunity to sign the ‘Get Active Lanarkshire’ pledge which asks all Lanarkshire residents to make a commitment to increase their physical activity.

Frances Moore, NHS Lanarkshire South East and West Units compliance operational service manager said: “The nights are lighter and hopefully the days will be warmer so it’s the perfect time to give some thought to how you can get more active.

“We all had a chat about how we could individually increase our physical activity, but we decided we all wanted to sign the pledge as a group.

“As for me, I plan to do more walking.”

Gabe Docherty, NHS Lanarkshire health promotion manager, said: “It’s really encouraging to see a group of staff embrace the pledge in this way.

“It’s also great to see them all supporting each other and they’ve set a great example which I’d love to see staff in other Lanarkshire workplaces follow.”

A ‘Get Active Lanarkshire’ activity day will take place on Saturday 1 June at Strathclyde Country Park from noon to 5pm.Visitors on the day will be able to find out about the many benefits of adopting a more active lifestyle as well as the vast array of clubs, groups and services they can access to help them do this.

There will also be the opportunity to get free taster sessions of some activities they may have always wanted to try.

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