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P2. Physical Activity Guidelines
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 18 May, 2015
Through your physical activity pledges you will be working with employees, customers/consumers and/or local communities. For each group (as applicable) please describe the specific activities or projects you have undertaken over the past year.
For example, employee incentive schemes to promote physical activity, awareness raising activities or improvements to facilites to promote active travel.
The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust promotes physical activity within the workplace and in employees own time by
- Encouraging staff to be active at work by promoting and providing a map for the walking route around the Hospital site, and continue to do this via the health and well being intranet site,
- participation in local and national challenges - pedometer challenges, cycle to work and work out at work, through our health and wellbeing action groups.
- Provision of on site yoga classes
- Provision of on site cycle sheds, changing facilities and interest free loans to purchase bicycles.
- The hospital has a thriving running club with members taking part in the Ipswich Half marathon last year and members of the group have signed up for the upcoming 2015 half marathon in September 2015.
- The chief executive is leading a cycle challenge over three days in May 2015 to visit many of the local villages that have wards named after them in the hospital and to raise money for the hospital charitable funds.
The health and welllbeing intranet site signposts employees to other organisations to help increase physical activity ie Livewell Suffolk and Change 4 Life. Additional signposting for staff for discounts to join Gyms, dance classes and other leisure activities which is published on the intranet, and at wellbeing events.
For example, supporting/sponsoring local physical activity programmes, promoting physical activity to customers through website campaigns or in-store materials.
For example, support for community-based physical activity programmes (such as funding, sponsorship or other promotion activity), working with local partners to engage communities is physical activity opportunities.
The revised Chief Medicial Officers (CMO) guidelines provide physical activity recommendations for four distinct age groups. From the following list, please indicate the age groups you have focused on in disseminating the guidelines (if unknown, please explain why):
Early years (under 5s), Children & young people (5-18), Adults (19-64), Older adults (65+)
Please estimate the number of people reached through your activities on this pledge and explain how you arrived at this estimate:
We would be interested to know if your pledge activity over the last year has delivered a measurable increase in participation in physical activity. If so, please describe and provide an estimate of the level of increase and how you measured this. There is a 2000-character limit when completing this section.
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