Last week the Occupational Health team at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, hosted a week of events and incentives to promote health and wellbeing for staff.
The week kicked off with an emphasis on health and fitness, with a number of local council led and private gyms including Northcroft Leisure Centre, David Lloyd, Simply Gym, Buzz Gym and Anytime Fitness offering a range of membership deals to help and encourage staff to improve their fitness.
Other themes during the week included weight loss with representatives from Slimming World and Eat4Health – a local healthy eating initiative, smoking cessation, and alternative therapies including Tai Chi and Shiatsu. The week culminated in encouraging staff to look after their mental wellbeing with various incentives such as a mindlfulness course, yoga classes, and resilience training.
Staff were also able to challenge their colleagues to a game of table tennis at lunch time, to help relax and take a break from their duties. The Occupational Health team was also on hand to take blood pressure for any staff wishing to make a personal commitment to improve their overall health and fitness.
Mary Sherry, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, said: “We had a great response from staff, the week was a real success - it’s super to see so many staff taking an interest in the opportunities highlighted to improve their health and fitness. We know we all need do more in this area, and this initiative has created quite a buzz on the subject, with staff prompting each other to take part in various activities.”