Trust Physios get patients, public and staff active as part of National Work out at Work Day

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Trust Physios get patients, public and staff active as part of National Work out at Work Day
12 June 2015

A TEAM of physiotherapists from Bury is stepping up to the plate to support National Work Out Day at Work Day (12 June 2015).

I Will If You Will (IWIYW), the female fitness movement in Bury, is today launching a challenge to businesses and organisations across the borough to get their workforces more active, more often and reap the benefits this can bring.

IWIYW, delivered by Bury Council with National Lottery funds from Sport England, has partnered with The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust physiotherapy department at Fairfield General Hospital to use national Workout at Work Day (W@WD) as the launch pad for the initiative.

On the day, staff from Bury Council and Fairfield General Hospital will be trying taster sessions at led by IWIYW instructors, with Zumba, Piloxing and Metafit on the menu during their lunch break.  Staff will also be taking time out with physiotherapists from the Trust to find out about simple exercises they can do in their offices throughout the day.

Alongside this day of activity, the two organisations are launching their downloadable guide, Getting Your Organisation Moving, which is filled with tips and ideas for businesses looking to implement changes which support their workforce in getting more active.

The guide also signposts employees towards national programmes such as the government’s Cycle to Work scheme and The British Heart Foundation’s Health at Work programme.

Deborah Bancroft, Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner from The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

“As Chartered Physiotherapists we see lots of employees who adopt poor work practices, which can have a negative impact on their health and wellbeing. Sitting for long periods at computers or carrying out repetitive movements day in day out can lead to joint, low back and neck pains. Often these can be avoided with simple exercises or by making basic changes to their workstations.

“Physiotherapists aim to keep people fit for work and W@WD, which is a Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) initiative, provides the opportunity to encourage employees to incorporate physical activity into their working day and highlights to employers the benefits of having a fitter and healthier workforce.  Thousands of workers nationwide will be taking part in W@WD. 

“The physiotherapy department is really thrilled to have been able to work with our partners IWIYW in contributing to the Getting Your Organisation Moving’ document, which we believe will be a valuable resource for our local businesses.”

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

  • Encourage staff to take breaks and keep 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 – for example, a map of local lunchtime walks.
  • 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.